Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology / Edition 2

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Marine Mammals has succeeded yet again in creating a superior synthesis of marine mammal reading in this second edition! 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. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal marine mammal lineages, the authors provide a context for chapters on major organ systems including diving physiology, diet and feeding, sound production and echolocation, energetics, reproductive behavior, and conservation. This book is designed as both a text and as a reference for students and professionals and the general reader with an interest in marine mammal biology. This second edition continues the tradition by fully expanding and updating all chapters.

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

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 (
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
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."

"...will certainly be popular with students, because it is clearly and concisely written, and intelligently illustrated."

" 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

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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
  • Sales rank: 438,640
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Annalisa Berta is Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University, San Diego, California and a Research Associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, California and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. She is an evolutionary biologist who for the last 30 years has been studying the anatomy, evolution and systematics of fossil and living marine mammals, especially pinnipeds and whales. She is a past President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and former Senior Editor of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Associate Editor of Marine Mammal Science. She has written 100 scientific papers and several books for the specialist as well as non-scientist including Return to the Sea: The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals, 2012, (University of California Press) and the forthcoming book (summer, 2015) Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: a natural history and species guide (University of Chicago Press).

James Sumich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Grossmont College and is the author of a popular book on gray whales. He has conducted research on gray whales from British Columbia to Baja California for four decades and has taught marine mammal course for nearly that long. His research has focused on the ecological physiology of baleen whales, especially the energetics of their seasonal fasting migrations.

Kit M. Kovacs is the Biodiversity Research Programme Leader for the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø Norway and Professor of Biology at University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS). She has worked with marine mammals in polar regions for the past 30 years, focussing on behavioural ecology and population biology. She is a Past-President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the current Chair of the Pinniped Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Pt. I Evolutionary History
2 Systematics and Classification
3 Pinniped Evolution and Systematics
4 Cetacean Evolution and Systematics
5 Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics
6 Evolutionary Biogeography
Pt. II Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Behavior
7 Integumentary, Sensory, and Urinary Systems
8 Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion
9 Respiration, Diving, and Breath-Hold Physiology
10 Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture
11 Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies
12 Mating, Breeding, and Social Organization
13 Reproductive Structures, Patterns, and Strategies
14 Population Structure and Population Dynamics
15 Exploitation and Conservation
App Classification of Marine Mammals
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