Vertebrate Life / Edition 3by F. Harvey Pough, John B. Heiser, William N. McFarland
Pub. Date: 03/28/1989
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
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 statusrelated 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 conservationIncludes 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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Table of Contents
I. VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY, FUNCTION AND EVOLUTION.
2. The Origin of Vertebrates.
3. The Early Radiation of Vertebrates.
II. TERRESTRIAL ECTOTHERMS: AMPHIBIANS, TURTLES, CROCODILIANS, AND SQUAMATES.
5. The Radiation of the Chondrichthyes.
6. Dominating Life in Water: Teleostomes and the Major Radiation of Fishes.
III. TERRESTRIAL ENDOTHERMS: AMPHIBIANS, TURTLES, CROCODILIANS, AND SQUAMATES.
8. Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods in the Late Paleozoic.
9. Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians.
11. The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes.
12. Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life.
13. Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic.
14. Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Birds, Crocodilians, and Others.
IV. TERRESTRIAL ENDOTHERMS: BIRDS AND MAMMALS.
16. The Ecology and Behavior of Birds.
17. The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals.
18. Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic.
19. Characteristics of Mammals.
20. Mammalian Adaptations and Evolution.
21. Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life.
22. Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals.
23. Humans as Vertebrates.
24. Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation.
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