Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists

A Primer


  • Miriam Zelditch, Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Donald Swiderski, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • H. Sheets, Department of Physics, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA
  • William Fink, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists is an introductory textbook for a course on geometric morphometrics, written for graduate students and upper division undergraduates, covering both theory of shape analysis and methods of multivariate analysis. It is designed for students with minimal math background; taking them from the process of data collection through basic and more advanced statistical analyses. Many examples are given, beginning with simple although realistic case-studies, through examples of complex analyses requiring several different kinds of methods. The book also includes URL’s for free software and step-by-step instructions for using the software.
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Advanced undergraduates, and graduates/research workers in taxonomy, ecology, evolution, comparative zoology and botany from the cellular to the whole organism levels. Any branch of biology where the analysis and comparison of shape and form is important.


Book information

  • Published: July 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-778460-1

Table of Contents

LandmarksSimple Size and Shape Variables: Bookstein Shape CoordinatesTheory of ShapeSuperimposition MethodsThe Thin Plate Spline: Visualizing Shape Change as a DeformationOrdination MethodsComputer-Based Statistical MethodsMultivariate Analysis of VarianceRegressionPartial Least Squares AnalysisDisparity and VariationThe Relationship between Ontogeny and PhylogenyMorphometrics and SystematicsLast Things: Beyond Two-Dimensional Configurations of Landmarks