Natural History of Amphibians

ISBN-10: 0691102511
ISBN-13: 9780691102511
Edition: 1996
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Description: This is a book for all readers who want to learn about amphibians, the animal group that includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. It draws on many years of classroom teaching, laboratory experience, and field observation by the authors.  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This is a book for all readers who want to learn about amphibians, the animal group that includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. It draws on many years of classroom teaching, laboratory experience, and field observation by the authors. Robert Stebbins and Nathan Cohen lead readers on a fascinating odyssey as they explore some of nature's most interesting creatures, interspersing their own observations throughout the book.A Natural History of Amphibianscan serve as a textbook for students and independent learners, as an overview of the field for professional scientists and land managers, and as an engaging introduction for general readers. The class Amphibia contains more than 4,500 known living species. New species are being discovered so rapidly that the number may grow to more than 5,000 during our lifetimes. However, their numbers are being rapidly decimated around the globe, largely due to the encroachment of humans on amphibian habitats and from growing human-caused environmental pollution, discussed at length in the final chapter. The authors focus our attention on the "natural history" of amphibians worldwide and emphasize their interactions with their environments over time: where they live; how they reproduce; how they have been affected by evolutionary processes; what factors will determine their destinies over time. Through the experienced eyes of the authors, who are skilled observers, we come to see and understand the place of amphibians in the natural world around us.

Mary McCarthy, 1912 - 1989 Writer and critic Mary McCarthy was born in Seattle, Washington. At the age of six, she was orphaned when both her parents died of influenza. She was brought up in a strict Catholic environment by two sets of wealthy grandparents. She attended Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma, WA and Vassar College in New York, where she studied literature. She graduated with honors at the age of twenty-one, married her first husband, and moved to New York. McCarthy worked as an editor at Covici Friede Publishers from 1936-37 and Partisan Review from 1937-38. She taught or lectured at Beard College, in Annendale-on-Hudson, New York from 1945-46 and 1986; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York in 1948; University College, London in 1980; and Vassar College in 1982. She was a theatre critic for the Partisan Review from 1938-62. McCarthy was a member of the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1938, she married critic Edmund Wilson, her second husband, with whom she had her only child. McCarthy's seven novels appeared between 1942 and 1979. McCarthy's bestselling novel, "The Group" (1963), was a sexual depiction written about classmates at Vassar and their lives following college. It was made into a movie in 1966. Her first book, "The Company She Keeps" (1972), was a satire about New York intellectuals who search for their identity through psychoanalysis after the failure of marriage. "Birds of America" (1971) focused on a boy and his mother, who refused to accept modern conveniences. "Cannibals and Missionaries" (1979) explored the psychology of terrorism. McCarthy also wrote critical works, travel books and the autobiographical "Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood" (1957). McCarthy received several awards, which included the Edward MacDowell Medal (1982), the National Medal of Literature (1984) and the first Rochester Literary Award (1985). McCarthy also had honorary degrees from six universities. On October 25, 1989, Mary McCarthy died of cancer in New York.Robert C. Stebbinsis Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley and a curator emeritus of the University's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The author of over a dozen books, his latest work isConnecting with Nature: A Naturalist's Perspective. Samuel M. McGinnisis Professor Emeritus of Biology at California State University, East Bay. He is the author of another California Natural History guide,Freshwater Fishes of California

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Skin
Breathing
Limbs and Locomotion
Tail
Nose and Chemoreception
Eyes and Vision
Food Habits
Ears and Hearing
Voice
Temperature Characteristics
Body Water Regulation
Protection against Predators
Home Range and Movements
Territorial Behavior and Fighting
Homing and Migration
Reproduction
Parental Care
Contributions of Amphibians to Human Welfare
Declining Amphibians
Literature Cited
Index

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