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Vertebrate biology

Author: Donald W Linzey
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This single-authored text, now in its second edition, offers a cohesive, detailed presentation suitable for a college-level course. Linzey (biology, Wytheville Community College has thoroughly updated this comprehensive survey. Coverage includes systematic and evolution; zoogeography, ecology, morphology, and reproduction; early chordates; fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals; population dynamics; movement and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald W Linzey
ISBN: 9781421400402 1421400405
OCLC Number: 683593808
Description: xi, 583 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. The vertebrate story : an overview. Vertebrate features (Body form ; Integument ; Skeleton ; Respiration ; Circulation ; Digestion ; Nervous system ; Endocrine system ; Kidney excretion ; Reproduction ; Growth and development) ; Role of vertebrates ; Discovering new vertebrate species --
2. Systematics and vertebrate evolution. Binomial nomenclature ; Classification ; Methods of classification (Aristotelean essentialism ; Evolutionary (classical or traditional) classification ; Phenetic (numerical) classification ; Cladistic (phylogenetic) classification) ; Evolution (Species and speciation ; Geographic variation ; Molecular evolution) --
3. Vertebrate zoogeography. Distribution (Geographic distribution ; Geologic distribution ; Climatic changes ; Ecological distribution ; Changes caused by human activity) --
4. Early Chordates and jawless fishes. Calcichordates ; Conodonts ; Early Cambrian fishlike fossils ; Evolution ; Morphology (Integumentary system ; Skeletal system ; Muscular system ; Cardiovascular system ; Respiratory system ; Digestive system ; Nervous system ; Endocrine system ; Urogenital system) ; Reproduction ; Growth and development --
5. Gnathostome fishes. Evolution (Evolution of jaws ; Evolution of paired fins ; Acanthodians and placoderms ; Chondrichthyes ; Osteichtyes) ; Morphology (Integumentary system ; Skeletal system ; Muscular system ; Cardiovascular system ; Respiratory system ; Digestive system ; Nervous system ; Endocrine system ; Urogenital system) ; Reproduction ; Growth and development (Prenatal development ; Duration of embryonic development ; Hatching and birth ; Parental care ; Growth and metamorphosis ; Attainment of sexual maturity ; Longevity) --
6. Amphibians. Evolution (Labyrinthodontia ; Lepospondyli ; Lissamphibia) ; Morphology ; Reproduction ; Growth and development (Oviparous ; Viviparous ; Duration of embryonic development ; Hatching and birth ; Parental care ; Growth and metamorphosis ; Attainment of sexual maturity ; Longevity) --
7. Evolution of reptiles. Evolution (Ancestral reptiles ; Dinosaur nests and eggs ; Ancient and living reptiles ; Ancestral birds ; Modern birds ; Origin of flight) --
8. Morphology, reproduction, and development of turtles, tuataras, lizards, snakes, crocodilians, and birds. Turtles, tuataras, lizards and snakes (Testudomorpha and Lepidosauromorpha) Morphology ; Reproduction Growth and development (Prenatal development ; Duration of embryonic development ; Hatching and birth ; Parental care ; Growth ; Attainment of sexual maturity ; Longevity) ; Crocodilians and birds (archosaurs) (Morphology ; Reproduction ; Growth and development (Prenatal development ; Duration of embryonic development ; Hatching ; Parental care ; Growth ; Attainment of sexual maturity ; Longevity. 9. Mammals. Evolution ; Morphology ; Reproduction ; Growth and development (Prenatal development (oviparous) ; Prenatal development (viviparous) ; Duration of embryonic/fetal development ; Hatching and birth ; Parental care ; Growth ; Attainment of sexual maturity ; Longevity) --
10. Population dynamics. Population density ; Reproductive (biotic) potential ; Environmental resistance (Density-dependent factors ; Density-independent factors) ; Cycles ; Irruptions --
11. Movements. Home range ; Dispersal/invasion ; Migration (Microgeographic (short-distance) migration ; Altitudinal migration ; Macrogeographic (long-distance) migration ; Navigational cues used in migration) ; Homing ; Emigration --
12. Intraspecific behavior and ecology. Social interactions ; Sensory reception and communication (Olfaction ; Sound ; Vision ; Tactile signals ; Electrical signals) ; Feeding behavior ; Torpor (dormancy) (Winter survival and hibernation ; Estivation) --
13. Interspecific interactions. Competition ; Symbiosis (Commensalism ; Mutualism ; Parasitism) ; Predation ; Human interactions --
14. Techniques for ecological and behavioral studies. Capture techniques ; Identification techniques (Marking ; Tagging ; Photography ; Radio transmitters ; Satellite tracking) ; Mapping techniques ; Censusing techniques ; Aging techniques --
15. Extinction and extirpation. Natural extinction (Permian ; Triassic ; Cretaceous) ; Human impacts on extirpation and extinction (Declining amphibians ; Cape buffalo and lions ; Effects of introduced species ; Restoring endangered species ; Fish farming and sea lice ; Water pollution (oil and toxic chemicals) ; Commercial fisheries (gill-nets and shrimp nets) ; Effects of whaling ; International Trade ; Ingestion of human-related debris ; Highways --
16. Conservation and management. Regulatory legislation affecting vertebrates in the United States ; Endangered species in the United States ; Sanctuaries and refuges ; Value of museum collections ; Wildlife conservation in a modern world ; Wildlife management in a modern world --
Appendix A. Classification of living vertebrates --
Appendix B. Endangered vertebrate species in the United States and/or Trust Territories --
Appendix C. Common names for the sexes, young, and groups of animals.
Responsibility: Donald W. Linzey.
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Arranged logically to follow the typical course format, Vertebrate Biology leaves students with a full understanding of the unique structure, function, and living patterns of the subphylum that  Read more...

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Provides a solid foundation for a wide range of students, teachers, and researchers. -- Robert E. Hoopes Wildlife Activist This textbook is ideal for students. -- Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet Mammalia A Read more...

 
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