Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians

Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians

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ISBN-13: 9780801454103
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 814,708
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Gordon Grigg is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland.


David Kirshner has illustrated several books on wildlife.


Rick Shine, AM FAA, is a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. In 2015, he was named President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements

1. INTRODUCTION
Introducing crocodylians
The living species of crocodylians
The growth of scientific knowledge about crocodylians
Body size and age

2. THE CROCODYLIAN FAMILY TREE
The modern crocodylians and their relationships
Extinct Crocodylia and other crocodile-like reptiles; crocs in 'deep time'
Summary

3. CROCODYLIANS CLOSER UP
The external features of crocodylians
Skull and musculoskeletal system

4. LOCOMOTION, BUOYANCY, AND TRAVEL
Crocodylians on land
Crocodylians in the water
Buoyancy
Stomach stones (gastroliths)
Capacity for long distance travel

5. SENSORY SKILLS AND BRAIN
Vision
Hearing, movement and balance
Brain and cranial nerves
Olfaction and gustation (chemosensation)
Sense organs of the skin
Cognitive capacities and learning

6. FEEDING, DIGESTION, AND NUTRITION
What do crocodylians eat?
Prey capture and handling
Digestion
Nutrition

7. ENERGY SUPPLY AND DELIVERY
The metabolic engines: crocodylian biochemistry and metabolism
Whole body metabolism (anaerobic and aerobic)
The respiratory system
The circulatory system

8. THE WORLD'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY HEART
A tour of the crocodylian heart
Non-shunting and shunting patterns of blood flow
What is the significance of pulmonary by-pass shunting in crocodylians?

9. DIVING AND SUBMERGENCE BEHAVIOUR AND PHYSIOLOGY
When? Why? How deep? How, and how for so long?
Diving behaviour of crocodylians in the wild
Physiological support for crocodylian diving
What are the longest submergences by crocodylians that can be supported aerobically?

10. THERMAL RELATIONS
Introduction: crocodylians are not like other reptiles
Daily and seasonal patterns of body temperature
Behaviours that modify body temperature
Physiological mechanisms of thermoregulation
Thermal acclimatization
Crocodylians may have endothermic ancestry
Could even the basal archosaurs have been endothermic?

11. SALT AND WATER BALANCE
Salt and water balance in Crocodylus porosus: an introduction to crocodylian osmoregulation
Salt and water balance in other crocodylians
Living out of water, 'aestivation'
Salt glands and implications for crocodylian evolutionary history

12. REPRODUCTION
Introduction: they’re more like birds
Oviducts, ovulation, fertilisation and the gravid stage

13. POPULATIONS AND POPULATION ECOLOGY
Populations (and species)
Population dynamics: changes through time
Case Histories

14. CONSERVATION, COMMERCIALISATION, AND CONFLICT
Introduction
Historical perspective
The future for crocodylians?

INDEX

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