Vertebrate Life / Edition 9

Vertebrate Life / Edition 9

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

For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, and Paleontology

Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling text explores how the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior of animals interact to produce organisms that function effectively in their environments and how

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For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, and Paleontology

Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling text explores how the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior of animals interact to produce organisms that function effectively in their environments and how lineages of organisms change through evolutionary time. The Ninth Edition features dozens of new figures and photos, updated information from molecular data and evolutionary development, and expanded discussions on global climate change, extinction, and conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321773364
Publisher:
Benjamin Cummings
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
424,780
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

I. VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY, FUNCTION, AND EVOLUTION

1. The Diversity, Classification, and Evolution of Vertebrates

2. Vertebrate Relationships and Basic Structure

3. Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates

II. NON-AMNIOTIC VERTEBRATES: FISHES AND AMPHIBIANS

4. Living in Water

5. Radiation of the Chondrichthyes

6. Dominating Life in Water: The Major Radiation of Fishes

7. Geography and Ecology of the Paleozoic Era

8. Living on Land

9. Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods

10. Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians

III. SAUROSPIDA: TURTLES, LEPIDOSAURS, AND ARCHOSAURS

11. Synapsids and Sauropsids: Two Approaches to Terrestrial Life

12. Turtles

13. The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes

14. Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life

15. Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic Era

16. Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Crocodilians, Birds, and Others

17. Avian Specializations

IV. SYNAPSIDA: THE MAMMALS

18. The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals

19. Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic Era

20. Mammalian Diversity and Characteristics

21. Mammalian Specializations

22. Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life

23. Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals

24. Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans

25. The Impact of Humans on Other Species of Vertebrates

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