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The tenrecs of Central Africa and Madagascar provide an excellent model for exploring adaptive radiation and functional aspects of mammalian hindlimb form. The pelvic girdle, femur, and crus of 13 tenrecoid species, and four species from the families Solenodontidae, Macroscelididae, and Erinaceidae, were examined and measured. Results from qualitat...
The mammalian carpus can be difficult to interpret both phylogenetically and functionally. It is evolutionarily constrained in terms of functional morphology, yet there is considerable variation among many eutherian and metatherian lower and higher level taxa. The ecologically diverse Tenrecoidea (Mammalia) is a useful model for morphological inter...
Functional morphology of the mammalian forelimb skeleton and the details of its joints have been explored and discussed in great depth relative to other postcranial regions, despite potential difficulties with interpreting the morphology of this region. The mammalian forelimb performs a variety of biological roles, including postural, locomotor, fe...
"A dissertation submitted to the Graduate Faculty in Biology ..." Thesis (Ph. D.)--City University of New York, 2005. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 475-494).
Morphological characters should be assessed in an ecological and evolutionary framework before their use in phylogenetic analyses. We have attempted such an assessment for the tarsal complex of the Tenrecoidea. The 30+/– extant species of these small mammals live in a diverse range of microhabitats. They exhibit markedly different positional behavi...
The clinical impact of Alzheimer's disease pathology at biopsy was investigated in 56 cognitively impaired patients undergoing shunt surgery for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). Cognition was measured by means of the global deterioration scale (GDS), the mini mental status examination (MMSE) and a battery of six psychometric tests. G...