Multivariate Analysis

  • Brian N. Tissot
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 7)


This chapter focuses on the multivariate analysis of morphological variation resulting from heterochrony, or changes in the timing of developmental events during ontogeny (de Beer, 1958). My goals are threefold: (1) outline the steps in a multivariate analysis, (2) illustrate the methodology with data on a recent marine gastropod, the black abalone, Haliotis cracherodii, and (3) discuss conceptual difficulties involving heterochrony.


Shell Length Principal Component Score General Size Muscle Scar Allometric Growth 
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  • Brian N. Tissot
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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