The Morphodynamics of Dinosaurs, Other Archosaurs, and their Trackways: Holistic Insights into Relationships Between Feet, Limbs, and the Whole Body
Published:January 01, 2007
Martin G. Lockley, 2007. "The Morphodynamics of Dinosaurs, Other Archosaurs, and their Trackways: Holistic Insights into Relationships Between Feet, Limbs, and the Whole Body", Sediment–Organism Interactions: A Multifaceted Ichnology, Richard G. Bromley, Luis A. Buatois, Gabriela Mángano, Jorge F. Genise, Ricardo N. Melchor
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Organisms are homeostatic organic wholes. Their organization is understandable, and fractally repeated, from the level of the cell to whole individual organisms, through higher taxonomie groups up to the level of the biosphere. This is not fully appreciated by most biologists and paleontologists owing to emphasis on investigation of the parts (individual organs) that constitute static anatomy, rather than the dynamic morphological interrelationships. The morphodynamic approach, which is largely synonymous with a holistic heterochronic approach, also allows us to view organisms as complex systems: i.e., as manifestations of iterative or recursive fractal organization.
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Sediment–Organism Interactions: A Multifaceted Ichnology
The field of Ichnology bridges the gap between the areas of paleontology and sedimentology, but has connections to many subdisciplines within these areas. Biogenic structures record the behavior of their tracemakers and provide valuable information in paleoecologic and paleoenvironmental analysis. As in situ ethologic structures, trace fossils or ichnofossils yield valuable insights into the paleoecology of ancient benthic communities and the environmental dynamics of depositional systems. Ichnology is truly a multifaceted field, and a broad selection of its facets is represented in the 28 papers of this volume. The papers are the product of Ichnia 2004, the First International Congress on Ichnology, convened by Jorge F. Genise and held from 19 to 23 April 2004 at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Trelew, Patagonia, Argentina. Seven papers connected with the congress, containing ichnotaxonomy, were published separately, in Ichnos, volume 13, issue 4. Several symposium volumes, books, and short-course notes have been published in recent years and ichnology can be considered a particularly active research area in steady growth. The 28 papers herein are arranged in five groups that reveal the broad scope of ichnology.