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P. David Polly

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Polly, P.D. 2019. Spatial processes and evolutionary models: a critical review. Palaeontology 62: 175-195. DOI

Jones, K.E., K.D. Angielczyk, P.D. Polly, J.J. Head, V. Fernandez, J. Lungmus, S. Tulga, and S.E. Pierce. 2018. Fossils reveal the complex evolutionary history of the mammalian regionalized spine. Science 361: 1249-1252.

Polly, P.D. 2017. Morphometrics and evolution: the challenge of crossing rugged phenotypic landscapes with straight paths. Vavilovskii Zhurnal Genetiki I Selektsii (=Vavilov Journal of Genetics and Breeding) 21: 452-461. DOI

Polly, P.D. and G.J. Motz. 2017. Patterns and processes in morphospace: geometric morphometrics of three-dimensional objects. In: L. Tapanila and I. Rahman (eds.), Virtual Paleontology. The Paleontological Society Papers 22: 71-99.

Barnosky, A.D., E.A. Hadly, P. Gonzalez, J.J. Head, P.D. Polly, and 36 additional authors. 2017. Merging paleontology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: eaah4787. DOI

Polly, P.D., C.T. Stayton, E.R. Dumont, S.E. Pierce, E.J. Rayfield, and K. Angielczyk. 2016. Combining geometric morphometrics and finite element analysis with evolutionary modeling: towards a synthesis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1111225: 1-29. DOI

Polly, P.D., J.T. Eronen, A.M. Lawing, and J. Schnitzler. 2016. Processes of ecometric patterning: modelling functional traits, environments, and clade dynamics in deep time. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118: 39-63. DOI

Head, J.J. and P.D. Polly. 2015. Conservation of primaxial regionalization in the evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function. Nature 520: 86-89. DOI

Gómez-Robles, A., J.M. Bermúdez de Castro, J.-L. Arsuaga, E. Carbonell, and P.D. Polly. 2013. No known hominin species matches the expected dental morphology of the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans. PNAS 110: 18196-18201.

P.D. Polly, J.T. Eronen, M. Fred, G.P. Dietl, V. Mosbrugger, C. Scheidegger, D.C. Frank, J. Damuth, N.C. Stenseth, and M. Fortelius. 2011. History matters. Ecometrics and Integrative Climate Change Biology. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 278: 1121-1130.

Polly, P.D. 2010. Tiptoeing through the trophics: geographic variation in carnivoran locomotor ecomorphology in relation to environment. Pp. 347-410 in A. Goswami and A. Friscia (eds.), Carnivoran Evolution: New Views on Phylogeny, Form, and Function. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Head, J.J., J.I. Bloch, A.K. Hastings, J.R. Bourque, E. Cadena, F. Herrera, P.D. Polly, and C.A. Jaramillo. 2009. Giant boine snake from a Paleocene Neotropical rainforest indicates hotter past equatorial temperatures. Nature 457: 715-718. DOI

Polly, P.D. 2008. Adaptive zones and the pinniped ankle: a 3D quantitative analysis of carnivoran tarsal evolution. Pp. 165-194 in E. Sargis and M. Dagosto (eds.), Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay. Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Caumul, R. and P.D. Polly. 2005. Phylogenetic and environmental components of morphological variation: skull, mandible and molar shape in marmots (Marmota, Rodentia). Evolution 59: 2460-2472.

Polly, P.D. 2001. Paleontology and the comparative method: Ancestral node reconstructions versus observed node values. American Naturalist 157: 596-609.