Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127784601, 9780080521916

Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists

1st Edition

A Primer

Authors: Miriam Zelditch Donald Swiderski H. Sheets William Fink
eBook ISBN: 9780080521916
Hardcover ISBN: 9780127784601
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2004
Page Count: 416
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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.

Key Features

  • Accessible, student-tested introduction to sophisticated methods of biological shape analysis
  • Detailed instructions for conducting analyses with freely available, easy to use software
  • Numerous illustrations; including graphical presentations of important theoretical concepts and demonstrations of alternative approaches to presenting results
  • Many realistic examples, both simple and complex, from on-going research
  • Comprehensive glossary of technical terms


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.

Table of Contents

Landmarks Simple Size and Shape Variables: Bookstein Shape Coordinates Theory of Shape Superimposition Methods The Thin Plate Spline: Visualizing Shape Change as a Deformation Ordination Methods Computer-Based Statistical Methods Multivariate Analysis of Variance Regression Partial Least Squares Analysis Disparity and Variation The Relationship between Ontogeny and Phylogeny Morphometrics and Systematics Last Things: Beyond Two-Dimensional Configurations of Landmarks


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About the Author

Miriam Zelditch

Affiliations and Expertise

Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Donald Swiderski

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

H. Sheets

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physics, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA

William Fink

Affiliations and Expertise

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

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