Animals Without Backbones An Introduction to the Invertebrates

ISBN-10: 0226078744
ISBN-13: 9780226078748
Edition: 3rd 1987 (Reprint)
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Description: Animals Without Backbones has been considered a classic among biology textbooks since it was first published to great acclaim in 1938. It was the first biology textbook ever reviewed by Time and was also featured with illustrations in Life. Harvard,  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Animals Without Backbones has been considered a classic among biology textbooks since it was first published to great acclaim in 1938. It was the first biology textbook ever reviewed by Time and was also featured with illustrations in Life. Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and more than eighty other colleges and universities adopted it for use in courses. Since then, its clear explanations and ample illustrations have continued to introduce hundreds of thousands of students and general readers around the world to jellyfishes, corals, flatworms, squids, starfishes, spiders, grasshoppers, and the other invertebrates that make up ninety-seven percent of the animal kingdom. This new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned, but it retains the same clarity and careful scholarship that have earned this book its continuing readership for half a century. It is even more lavishly illustrated than earlier editions, incorporating many new drawings and photographs. Informative, concise legends that form an integral part of the text accompany the illustrations. The text has been updated to include findings from recent research. Eschewing pure morphology, the authors use each group of animals to introduce one or more biological principles. In recent decades, courses and texts on invertebrate zoology at many universities have been available only for advanced biology majors specializing in this area. The Third Edition of Animals Without Backbones remains an ideal introduction to invertebrates for lower-level biology majors, nonmajors, students in paleontology and other related fields, junior college and advanced high school students, and the general reader who pursues the rewarding study of the natural world.

Brian Towers has taught and researched in both Britain and the United States and is currently Special Professor in Industrial Relations at Nottingham Business School. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Journal and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Human Resource Management Journal, which is endorsed by the CIPD. He has been an ACAS arbitrator for over 25 years.

Preface
Introduction: Sorting Out Living Things
Life Activities
Simple and Complex Protozoans
Variations on a One-Celled Theme
A Side Issue: Sponges
Two Layers of Cells
Stinging-Celled Animals
Comb Jellies
Three Layers of Cells
New Parts from Old
Messmates and Parasites
One-Way Traffic: Proboscis Worms
Roundworms
Lesser Lights
Soft-Bodied Animals
Segmented Worms
Lobsters and Other Arthropods: Crustaceans
Arthropods on Land: Arachnids
Airborne Anthropods: Insects
Annelid-Arthropod Allies
Spiny-Skinned Animals
Chordate Beginnings
Records of the Invertebrate Past
Invertebrate Relationships
Further Knowledge
Selected Bibliography
Appendix: Classification
Index

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