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Marine mammals : evolutionary biology

Author: Annalisa Berta; James L Sumich
Publisher: San Diego : Academic Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. With chapters on the evolutionary history of the principle lineages, major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation biology.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annalisa Berta; James L Sumich
ISBN: 0120932253 9780120932252
OCLC Number: 42467530
Description: xiii, 494 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Contents: Evolutionary history. Systematics and classification ; Pinniped evolution and systematics ; Cetacean evolution and systematics ; Sirenians and other marine mammals : evolution and systematics ; Evolutionary biogeography --
Evolutionary biology, ecology, and behavior. Integumentary and sensory systems ; Musculoskeletal system and locomotion ; Energetics ; Respiration and diving physiology ; Sound production for communication, echolocation, and prey capture ; Diet, foraging structures, and strategies ; Reproductive structures, strategies, and patterns ; Population structure and dynamics ; Exploitation and conservation.
Responsibility: Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich ; with illustrations by Pieter Arend Folkens, Peter J. Adam.
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