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"This 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 Eighth 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. New to this edition, JPEGs of the figures from the book are available to adopting instructors.

Verterbrate Life is the only book that integrates the ecology, behavior, morphology, and physiology of vertebrates in a phylogenetic context. It focuses on how animals work and the consequences--in ecological and evolutionary time--of working one way versus another.

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An intermediate-level biology text, covering vertebrate diversity and evolution, aquatic vertebrates, and terrestrial ectotherms and endotherms and their evolutionary history and characteristics, using a cladistic perspective emphasizing derived characters of vertebrates. This fourth edition contains expanded material on conservation, especially the application of basic biological information in programs of captive husbandry and management of endangered species. Includes b&w and color photos and diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136717690
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/10/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 733
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Harvey Pough began his biological career at the age of fourteen when he and his sister studied the growth and movements of a population of eastern painted turtles in Rhode Island. His research now focuses on organismal biology, blending physiology, morphology, behavior, and ecology in an evolutionary perspective. Undergraduate students regularly participate in his research, and are coauthors of many of his publications. He especially enjoys teaching undergraduates and has taught courses in vertebrate zoology, functional ecology, herpetology, environmental physiology, and the organismal biology of humans. Currently he is teaching a year-long introductory biology course. He has published more than a hundred papers reporting the results of field and laboratory studies of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and tuatara that have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Caribbean as well as most parts of the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Past-President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Vertebrate Diversity, Function, and Evolution 1

1 The Diversity, Classification, and Evolution of Vertebrates 2

2 Vertebrate Relationships and Basic Structure 18

3 Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates 47

Pt. II Non-Amniotic Vertebrates: Fishes and Amphibians 76

4 Living in Water 77

5 Radiation of the Chondrichthyes 104

6 Dominating Life in Water: The Major Radiation of Fishes 122

7 Geography and Ecology of the Paleozoic Era 161

8 Living on Land 171

9 Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods 196

10 Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians 220

Pt. III Sauropsida: Turtles, Lepidosaurs, and Archosaurs 266

11 Synapsids and Sauropsids: Two Approaches to Terrestrial Life 267

12 Turtles 305

13 The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes 330

14 Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life 371

15 Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic Era 389

16 Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Crocodilians, Birds, and Others 397

17 Avian Specializations 439

Pt. IV Synapsida: The Mammals 485

18 The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals 486

19 Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic Era 509

20 Mammalian Diversity and Characteristics 519

21 Mammalian Specializations 553

22 Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life 580

23 Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals 606

24 Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans 629

25 The Impact of Humans on Other Species of Vertebrates 663


Subject Index

Name Index

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