Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology / Edition 2

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Overview

Berta and Sumich have succeeded yet again in creating superior marine reading! This book is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. The first edition, considered the leading text in the field, is required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals. Revisions include updates of citations, expansion of nearly every chapter and full color photographs. This title continues the tradition by fully expanding and updating nearly all chapters.

* Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals
* Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology
* Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary and an extensive bibliography
* Exciting new color photographs and additional distribution maps

Audience: All those interested in the natural history, evolution, and ecology of marine mammals from whale watchers and "save the whales" types to professional marine mammalogists, vertebrate paleontologists, and wildlife biologists. Faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates interested in marine biology , marine vertebrates, and especially marine mammals.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"All scientists and students who study marine mammals should read it...the book contains a wealth of information.
- Frank E. Fish, Department of Biology, West Chester University in ANIMAL BIOLOGY

"...a crucial resource spanning many disparate research venues...Each chapter provides extensive references for further research."
- Peggy Dominy in E-STREAMS

"...highly welcome...the authors succeed again in presenting a book that is simultaneously challenging and easily readable for students."
- M. S. Fischer, Jena, in JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGICAL SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH

"...will certainly be popular with students, because it is clearly and concisely written, and intelligently illustrated."
- in CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

"...it is a thorough, precise and clearly written reference that will admirably serve those interested in the evolution of marine mammals."
- Corey J.A. Bradshaw, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, in POLAR RESEARCH

Booknews
Designed both as an advanced text and as a reference for professionals, this book employs a comparative phylogenic approach to marine mammal diversity. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal lineages, it provides a phylogenic context for chapters on major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation. Berta teaches biology at San Diego State University. Sumich teaches biology at Grossmont College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Axel Meyer
There is great need for a text that takes a strongly evolutionary approach to the study of marine mammals. This book fills that niche. It will be useful for both upper level undergraduates and graduates and for researchers in marine mammal science. It is well researched, lucidly written and bang up to date. I was also impressed by the informed and balanced treatment of current debates, such as that on the phylogenetic relationships within and among cetaceans.
Nature Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120885527
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Annalisa Berta is Associate Chair and Professor of Biology at San Diego State University. She is an evolutionary biologist who has studied fossil and modern marine mammals for over 20 years. She is President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Associate Editor of Marine Mammal Science.

James L. Sumich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Grossmont College. He has studied gray whales for nearly three decades and taught college courses on marine mammals for nearly as long. His research has focused on the ecological physiology of baleen whales, particularly the energetics of their seasonal fasting migrations.

Kit M. Kovacs is the Biodiversity Programme Leader for the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway and Professor of Biology at University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS). She has worked with Arctic marine mammal ecology for the past 20 years, focusing on behavioral ecology and population biology. She is President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology.

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Table of Contents

PART I: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY
Systematics and Classification
Pinniped Evolution and Systematics
Cetacean Evolution and Systematics
Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals:
Evolution and Systematics
Evolutionary Biogeography

PART II: EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY,
AND BEHAVIOR
Integumentary and Sensory Systems
Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion
Energetics
Respiration and Diving Physiology
Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture
Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies
Reproductive Structures, Strategies, and Patterns
Population Structure and Population Dynamics
Conservation and Protection
References
Appendix: Classification of Marine Mammals
Glossary
Index

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