Marine Mammals Evolutionary Biology

ISBN-10: 0120885522

ISBN-13: 9780120885527

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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This book is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, phsiology and behaviour of marine mammals.
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List price: $88.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 12/5/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.300
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Marine Mammals-"What Are They?"
Adaptations for Aquatic Life
Scope and Use of This Book
Time Scale
Early Observations of Marine Mammals
Emergence of Marine Mammal Science
Further Reading and Resources
References
Evolutionary History
Systematics and Classification
Introduction: Systematics-What Is It and Why Do It?
Some Basic Terminology and Concepts
How Do You Do Cladistics?
Testing Phylogenetic Hypotheses
Going Beyond the Phylogenetic Framework: Elucidating Evolutionary and Ecological Patterns
Taxonomy and Classification
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Pinniped Evolution and Systematics
Introduction
Origin and Evolution
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Cetacean Evolution and Systematics
Introduction
Origin and Evolution
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics
Introduction
Origin and Evolution of Sirenians
The Extinct Sirenian Relatives-Desmostylia
The Extinct Marine Bear-Like Carnivoran, Kolponomos
The Extinct Aquatic Sloth, Thalassocnus natans
The Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris
The Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Evolutionary Biogeography
Introduction-What Is Biogeography and Why Is It Important?
Ecological Factors Affecting Distributions of Marine Mammals
Present Patterns of Distribution
Reconstructing Biogeographic Patterns
Past Patterns of Distribution
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading and Resources
References
Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, And Behavior
Integumentary and Sensory Systems
Introduction
Integumentary System
Nerves and Sense Organs
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion
Introduction
Pinnipeds
Cetaceans
Sirenians
Sea Otter
Polar Bear
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Energetics
Introduction
Metabolic Rates
Thermoregulation
Energetics of Locomotion
Osmoregulation
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Respiration and Diving Physiology
Introduction
Problems of Deep and Prolonged Dives for Breath-Holders
Pulmonary and Circulatory Adaptations to Diving
Diving Response
Diving Behavior and Phylogenetic Patterns
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture
Introduction
Sound Propagation in Air and Water
Anatomy and Physiology of Sound Production and Reception
Functions of Intentionally Produced Sounds
Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate and Low-Frequency Military Sonars
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies
Introduction
Seasonal and Geographical Patterns of Prey Abundance
Adaptations for Foraging in Pinnipeds
Feeding Specializations of Cetaceans
Feeding Specializations of Sirenians
Feeding Specializations of Other Marine Mammals
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Reproductive Structures, Strategies, and Patterns
Introduction
Anatomy and Physiology of the Reproductive System
Mating Systems
Lactation Strategies
Reproductive Patterns
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Population Structure and Dynamics
Introduction
Abundance and Its Determination in Marine Mammals
Techniques for Monitoring Populations
Population Structure and Dynamics
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Exploitation and Conservation
Introduction
Commercial Exploitation of Marine Mammals
Legal Framework for Marine Mammal Conservation and Protection
Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals
Environmental Contaminants
Single Beachings vs Mass Strandings
Ecotourism
Progress and the Future
Summary and Conclusions
Further Reading
References
Classification of Marine Mammals
Glossary
Index
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