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Vertebrate biology

Author: Robert T Orr
Publisher: Philadelphia : Saunders College Pub., ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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Comprehensive study of vertebrates. Includes a chapter on vertebrate ancestry and enlarges the chapter on distribution by including ecological factors that govern vertebrates.
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Orr, Robert T. (Robert Thomas), 1908-1994.
Vertebrate biology.
Philadelphia : Saunders College Pub., ©1982
(OCoLC)767787304
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert T Orr
ISBN: 0030579597 9780030579592
OCLC Number: 8034036
Description: viii, 568 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Vertebrate Ancestry. Invertebrate Origin. Lower Chordates. Fossils. Geological Record. Fishes and Fishlike Vertebrates. Amphibians. Reptiles. Birds. Mammals. Fishes and Fishlike Vertebrates: General Characters. Special Characters. Classification of Fishes and Fishlike Vertebrates. Amphibians. General Characters. Special Characters. Classification of Amphibians. Reptiles. General Characters. Special Characters. Classification of Reptiles. Birds. General Characters. Special Characters. Classification of Birds. Mammals. General Characters. Special Characters. Classification of Mammals. Systematics. The Binomial System. Geographic Variation. Isolation. The Rate of Evolution. Modern Systematics. Distribution. General Features. Faunal Regions. Life Zones. Biomes. Biotic Provinces, Areas, Communities, And Ecosystems. Habitat and Niche. Territory and Home Range. The Territorial Concept. Home Range. Methods of Marking Vertebrates. Population Movements. Migration. Eruptions, Invasions, And Dispersal. Dormancy. Definition. Hibernacula. Physiological Factors Associated with Dormancy. Reproduction. Hormonal Control. Sexual Maturity. Hermaphroditism and Parthenogenesis. Periodicity. Environmental Factors. Sex Recognition, Courtship, And Pair Formation. Growth and Development. Prehatching or Prenatal Period: Oviparous and Ovoviviparous Species. Prehatching or Prenatal Period: Viviparous Species. Hatching and Birth. Posthatching or Postnatal Period. Age Criteria. Population Dynamics. Reproductive Capacity. Reproduction and Mortality. Density and Age Composition. Food Climate. Carrying Capacity. Predation. Competition. Cycles.
Responsibility: Robert T. Orr.

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This survey of vertebrate biology emphasizes function, special characteristics, and behavior as it considers vertebrates as whole functioning organisms rather than as specimens to be dissected.  Read more...

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