Vertebrate Life / Edition 4

Vertebrate Life / Edition 4

by F. Harvey Pough, John B. Heiser, Christine M. Janis
     
 

Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only accurate and up-to-date treatment of vertebrates that employs a phylogenetic perspective and focuses on how vertebrates work, integrating ecology, behavior, anatomy, and physiology in an evolutionary context. A new chapter… See more details below

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Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only accurate and up-to-date treatment of vertebrates that employs a phylogenetic perspective and focuses on how vertebrates work, integrating ecology, behavior, anatomy, and physiology in an evolutionary context. A new chapter on conservation draws together information about the basic biology of vertebrates and shows how it is essential for biological and regulatory decisions that affect the survival of species. Discussions of anatomy, physiology, and behavior are placed in an evolutionary context, showing readers how animals work and how they got to be the way they are. Contains information about conservation and endangered species status—related to the basic biology of the groups stresses the importance of good biological information for management and legislation. Features a Cladistic perspective which reflects the widespread adoption of phylogenetic systematics (cladistics) as the basis for determining the evolutionary relationships of organisms. Includes emphasis on conservation—Includes the application of basic biological information about organisms in programs of captive husbandry and management of threatened and endangered species. For professionals in the fields of Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, as well as Paleontology and Herpetology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780023963704
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Vertebrate Diversity, Function, and Evolution2
1The Diversity, Evolution, and Classification of Vertebrates3
2The Origin of Vertebrates33
3Vertebrate Organ Systems and Their Evolution54
4Homeostasis and Energetics: Water Balance, Temperature Regulation, and Energy Use111
5Geography and Ecology from the Cambrian to the Mid-Devonian147
Pt. 2Aquatic Vertebrates: Cartilaginous and Bony Fishes154
6Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates155
7The Rise of Jawed Vertebrates and the Radiation of the Chondrichthyes184
8Dominating Life in Water: Teleostomes and the Major Radiation of Fishes211
9Geography and Ecology from the Mid-Devonian to the Late Permian257
Pt. 3Terrestrial Ectotherms: Amphibians, Turtles, Crocodilians, and Squamates262
10Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods in the Late Paleozoic263
11Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians297
12Turtles342
13Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Birds, Crocodilians, and Others368
14Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic419
15The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes425
16Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life468
Pt. 4Terrestrial Endotherms: Birds and Mammals486
17Characteristics of Birds: Specializations for Flight487
18The Ecology and Behavior of Birds516
19The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals552
20Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic581
21Characteristics of Mammals599
22Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life652
23Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals679
24Humans as Vertebrates700
GlossaryG-1
Subject IndexSI-1
Author IndexAI-1

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