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Summary: Looking for Reference Works
Last week, I posted the following query:
> Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 13:44:00 GMT
> From: Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> There are two books (or maybe papers) I'd dearly like to own
> if anyone's ever put them together. They would be
> invaluable for all sorts of studies. I'll briefly describe
> them, and if anyone knows whether they exist you can let me
> know. I'll summarise on-list.
> First one, a table of body-part measurements and masses for
> various animals. I'm talking about a book where, when I
> want to know the length of a weasel forelimb, the diameter
> of a water buffalo's belly or the mass a heron's neck, I can
> just look it up.
> Second one, a set of X-rays of various animals' necks,
> ideally showing the extent of soft tissue as well as the
> morphology of the cervical vertebrae.
The results are in, and they can be summarised as follows:
Ken Carpenter said (as I had feared) that the works I'm looking for
don't really exist. The information is all out there, but it's
scattered throughout various publications, for example Walker's
_Mammals of the World_ and Damuth & MacFadden's _Body Size in
Rob Gay suggested that I might find what I'm looking for on the
Digital Morphology web-site (http://www.digimorph.org/) -- but, while
it's a fascinating site, it seems woefully lacking in necks, which is
what I'm interested in.
And that's pretty much it. Sorry I don't have more to report.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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