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Energy for Animal Life
     

Energy for Animal Life

by R. McNeill Alexander
 

ISBN-10: 019850053X

ISBN-13: 9780198500537

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Life depends on energy, and the majority of animal activity centers around finding energy in the form of food. Energy for Animal Life, the first book in the innovative new Oxford Animal Biology Series, gives a thorough yet precise description of how animals get and use energy — a central topic in understanding animal biology. From solar radiation and

Overview

Life depends on energy, and the majority of animal activity centers around finding energy in the form of food. Energy for Animal Life, the first book in the innovative new Oxford Animal Biology Series, gives a thorough yet precise description of how animals get and use energy — a central topic in understanding animal biology. From solar radiation and photosynthesis to food sources for herbivores and carnivores, this book encompasses the food chain. It compares the merits of different designs of the digestive system as well as of different strategies for finding and choosing food. Several chapters go beyond the question of feeding, exploring the energy costs of motion and the energy demands of growth and reproduction. The final chapter draws together all aspects of energy use to consider the energy budgets of several different animals and to assess the different energy gains and costs of their everyday activities in the wild. As a truly comparative book, it draws on patterns from a wide range of animal species and includes practical information for relevant experiments. It also avoids highly complicated examples, making Energy for Animal Life perfect reading for first and second year undergraduates taking a degree course in biological sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198500537
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Oxford Animal Biology Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Energy sources
2. Basic requirements
3. Feeding
4. Movement
5. Growth and reproduction
6. Body temperature
7. Energy budgets
Epilogue

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