Vertebrate Life

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9780023963605: Vertebrate Life

For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, as well as specialty courses such as Paleontology and Herpetology. Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only text that integrates the ecology, behavior, morphology and physiology of vertebrates in a phylogenetic context. It focuses on how animals work and the consequences - in ecological and evolutionary time - of working one way versus another. *NEW - Expands the cladistic classification - especially in our treatment of anatomy and physiology. *NEW - Simplifies cladograms. - Prunes excessive detail while retaining information about the geologic time span for the lineages illustrated. *NEW - Updates literature citations - with many references from 1995 onward. *Presents information in a phylogenetic (evolutionary) context *Integrates ecology, behavior, physiology and morphology to present a view of animals as functioning systems *Offers a cladistic perspective, reflecting the widespread adoption of phylogenetic systematics (cladistics) as the basis for determining the evolutionary relationships of organisms *Includes cladograms - with accompanying synopses and primary references - illustrating the postulated relationships of vertebrates to reconcile the views of various authorities and illuminates major areas of disagreement

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This best-selling text has been widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and clear writing style. Vertebrate Life is the only textbook that integrates the ecology, behavior, morphology and physiology of vertebrates in a phylogenetic context. It focuses on how animals work and the consequences--in ecological and evolutionary time-- of working one way versus another. The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect changes in the discipline.

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Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling exploration of vertebrate life is the only book that integrates the ecology, behavior, morphology and physiology of vertebrates in a phylogenetic (cladistic) context. It focuses on how animals work and the consequences -- in ecological and evolutionary time -- of working one way versus another. Covers: Vertebrate Diversity, Function, and Evolution; Aquatic Vertebrates: Cartilaginous and Bony Fishes; Terrestrial Ectotherms: Amphibians, Turtles, Crocodilians, and Squamates; and Terrestrial Endotherms: Birds and Mammals. Includes cladograms -- with accompanying synopses and primary references -- illustrating the postulated relationships of vertebrates to reconcile the views of various authorities and illuminates major areas of disagreement. For anyone interested in vertebrates.

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F. Harvey Pough; John B. Heiser; William N. McFarland
Published by Macmillan Coll Div (1989)
ISBN 10: 0023963603 ISBN 13: 9780023963605
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Book Description Macmillan Coll Div, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0023963603

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