Shape is typically used as one of the primary ways of defining organisms and is at the root of the majority of systematic analyses at present. The rising number of systematic analyses using macromolecules to challenge or refine morphology-based analyses does give one pause for thought about the future role of morphology in phylogeny. However, media-inspired hype notwithstanding, molecular studies are outside the realm of systematic investigations in palaeontology and, as this set of essays demonstrates, morphology is very much alive and kicking. This book represents the ‘state of the art’ in the field of shape analysis and its role...

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