A Dictionary of Zoologyby Michael Allaby
This best-selling dictionary is the most comprehensive and up to date of its kind, containing over 6,000 entries on all aspects of zoology. Wide-ranging, authoritative, and with jargon-free definitions, this dictionary is an indispensable reference tool. Complemented by numerous illustrations, it includes terms from the areas of ecology, animal behavior, evolution,
This best-selling dictionary is the most comprehensive and up to date of its kind, containing over 6,000 entries on all aspects of zoology. Wide-ranging, authoritative, and with jargon-free definitions, this dictionary is an indispensable reference tool. Complemented by numerous illustrations, it includes terms from the areas of ecology, animal behavior, evolution, earth history, zoogeography, genetics, and physiology and provides full taxonomic coverage of arthropods, other invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
The fourth edition has been fully revised and updated and includes many new entries, for example, activational effects of hormones, aqueous humor, deprivation studies, immunization, and Psocoptera. It also features new terms from anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, neurophysiology, immunology, and evolutionary development.
Recommended web links can be accessed via the Dictionary of Zoology companion website and provide valuable extra information by directing you to useful online resources and the homepages of relevant organizations. Detailed appendices include a list of endangered animals, the universal genetic code, the geologic time scale, SI units, and a taxonomic classification scheme based on the three-domain taxonomic system.
A revision of the 2009 third edition, this volume presents zoological terms in a standard A-to-Z format. Allaby, who also edited the previous edition, has added more definitions of anatomical terms, incorporated recent changes in animal taxonomy, and has added illustrations where the inclusion is in aid of a definition. The result is more than 200 new definitions alongside the entries about theories, vocabulary, and figures in the field that have carried over from the previous work. Appendixes include a list of endangered animals (as well as detailed information about classifications of endangerment), the universal genetic code, the geologic timescale, International System (SI) units, and taxonomic classifications. The dictionary is web-linked; linked definitions are indicated at the end of an entry, then users must visit the Oxford University Press website to access. (Only links from the third edition were also available at the time of writing this review.) Cross-references between entries are indicated by the use of an asterisk (terms) or italics (genus ranks) as well as "See Also" directions. Based on the terms that are not cross-referenced, the editor must assume a certain level of zoological knowledge among users of this dictionary. While the writing is technical and somewhat dense for the layperson, the usability of the book is self-evident and justifies the terse preface; it is an easy title through which to maneuver, both for readers who know what they are looking for and those who do not. VERDICT Because of the highly technical nature of the entries, this source will appeal more to students of zoology rather than to armchair naturalists.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole P.L., MA
Meet the Author
Michael Allaby has written many books on environmental science and especially on climatology and meteorology. He is the General Editor of several Oxford Dictionaries, including the Dictionaries of Geology and Earth Sciences, Ecology, Plant Sciences, and Environment and Conservation.
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