Vertebrate Life

ISBN-10: 0130412481
ISBN-13: 9780130412485
Edition: 6th 2002
List price: $110.00
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Description: For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, and Paleontology. Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only accurate and  More...

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Book details

List price: $110.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/8/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 768
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, and Paleontology. Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only accurate and up-to-date treatment of vertebrates that employs a phylogenetic perspective and focuses on how vertebrates work, integrating ecology, behavior, anatomy, and physiology in an evolutionary context.

Preface
Vertebrate Diversity, Function, and Evolution
The Diversity, Classification, and Evolution of Vertebrates
The Vertebrate Story
Classification of Vertebrates
Traditional and Cladistic Classifications
Earth History and Vertebrate Evolution
Vertebrate Relationships and Basic Structure
Vertebrates in Relation to Other Animals
Definition of a Vertebrate
Basic Vertebrate Structure
Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates
Reconstructing the Biology of the Earliest Vertebrates
Extant Jawless Fishes
The Radiation of Paleozoic Jawless Vertebrates--"Ostracoderms"
The Transition from Jawless to Jawed Vertebrates
Extinct Paleozoic Jawed Fishes
Aquatic Vertebrates: Cartilaginous and Bony Fishes
Living in Water
The Aquatic Environment
Water and the Sensory World of Fishes
The Internal Environment of Vertebrates
Exchange of Water and Ions
Responses to Temperature
Radiation of the Chondrichthyes
Chondrichthyes--The Cartilaginous Fishes
Evolutionary Specializations of Chondrichthyes
The Paleozoic Chondrichthyan Radiation
The Early Mesozoic Elasmobranch Radiation
The Extant Radiation--Sharks, Skates, and Rays
Holocephali--The Bizarre Chondrichthyans
Dominating Life in Water: The Major Radiation of Fishes
The Appearance of Bony Fishes
Extant Sarcopterygii--Lobe-Finned Fishes
Extant Actinopterygii--Ray-Finned Fishes
Actinopterygian Reproduction and Conservation
The Adaptable Fish--Teleost Communities in Contrasting Environments
Geography and Ecology of the Paleozoic
Earth History, Changing Environments, and Vertebrate Evolution
Continental Geography of the Paleozoic
Paleozoic Climates
Paleozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems
Early Paleozoic Extinctions
Terrestrial Ectotherms: Amphibians, Turtles, Lepidosaurs, and Archosaurs
Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods and Modifications for Life on Land
Modifications for Life on Land
Tetrapod Origins
Radiation and Diversity of Nonamniote Paleozoic Tetrapods
Amniotes
Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians
Amphibians
Diversity of Life Histories of Amphibians
Amphibian Metamorphosis
Exchange of Water and Gases
Poison Glands and Other Defense Mechanisms
Mimicry
Why are Amphibians Vanishing?
Turtles
Everyone Recognizes a Turtle
But What Is a Turtle? Phylogenetic Relationships of Turtles
Turtle Structure and Functions
Ecology and Behavior of Turtles
Conservation of Turtles
The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes
The Lepidosaurs
Radiation of Sphenodontids and the Biology of Tuatara
Radiation of Squamates
Ecology and Behavior of Squamates
Thermoregulation
Temperature and Ecology of Squamates
Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life
Vertebrates and Their Environments
Heat--Ectotherms in Deserts
Cold--Ectotherms in Subzero Conditions
The Role of Ectothermal Tetrapods in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Geograzphy and Ecology of the Mesozoic
Mesozoic Continental Geography
Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems
Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Crocodilians, and Others
Mesozoic Fauna
Phylogenetic Relationships among Diapsids
The Archosauromorpha
Archosauria
Dinosaurs
The Ornithischian Dinosaurs
The Saurischian Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Soft Parts and Temperature Regulation
Marine Diapsids--Placodonts, Plesiosaurs, and Ichthyosaurs
Terrestrial Vertebrates of the Late Mesozoic
Late Cretaceous Extinctions
Endotherms: Birds and Mammals
The Evolution of Birds and the Origin of Flight
The Evolution of Endothermy
Activity and Metabolism
Birds as Feathered Dinosaurs
Archaeopteryx and the Origin of Flight
Early Birds
Birds as Flying Machines
Body Form and Flight
Feeding, Digestion, and Excretion
The Hindlimbs and Locomotion
The Ecology and Behavior of Birds
Birds as Model Organisms
The Sensory Systems
Social Behavior and Reproduction
Imprinting and Learning
Migration and Navigation
The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals
The Origin of Synapsids
Diversity of Nonmammalian Synapsids
Evolutionary Trends in Synapsids
The First Mammals
Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic
Cenozoic Continental Geography
Cenozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems
Cenozoic Climates
Cenozoic Extinctions
Mammalian Characteristics and Diversity
Features Shared by All Mammals
Major Lineages of Mammals
Cenozoic Mammal Evolution
Mammalian Specializations
Mammalian Reproduction
Some Extreme Eutherian Reproductive Specializations
Are Eutherians Reproductively Superior to Marsupials?
Specializations for Feeding
Specializations for Locomotion
Specializations of the Sensory Systems
Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life
Endothermal Thermoregulation
Energy Budgets of Vertebrates
Endotherms in the Arctic
Migration to Avoid Difficult Conditions
Torpor as a Response to Low Temperatures and Limited Food
Endotherms in Deserts
Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals
Social Behavior
Population Structure and the Distribution of Resources
Advantages of Sociality
Body Size, Diet, and the Structure of Social Systems
Primate Societies
Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans
Primate Origins and Diversification
Origin and Evolution of the Hominoidea
Origin and Evolution of Humans
Evolution of Human Characteristics--Bipedality, Larger Brains, and Language
The Impact of Humans on Other Species of Vertebrates
Humans and the Pleistocene Extinctions
Humans and Recent Extinctions
Organismal Biology and Conservation
The Paradoxes of Conservation
Glossary
Credits
Subject Index
Author Index

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