Feeding: Form, Function and Evolution in Tetrapod Vertebrates

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As the first four-legged vertebrates, called tetrapods, crept up along the shores of ancient primordial seas, feeding was among the most paramount of their concerns. Looking back into the mists of evolutionary time, fish-like ancestors can be seen transformed by natural selection and other evolutionary pressures into animals with feeding habitats as varied as an anteater and a whale. From frog to pheasant and salamander to snake, every lineage of tetrapods has evolved unique feeding anatomy and behavior.
Similarities in widely divergent tetrapods vividly illustrate their shared common ancestry. At the same time, numerous differences between and among tetrapods document the power and majesty that comprises organismal evolutionary history.
Feeding is a detailed survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates acquire food. The functional anatomy and the control of complex and dynamic structural components are recurrent themes of this volume. Luminaries in the discipline of feeding biology have joined forces to create a book certain to stimulate future studies of animal anatomy and behavior.

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Feeding is a detailed and uncompromising survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates feed. The anatomy, function, and control of complex dynamic structural components are recurrent themes of this volume. Luminaries in comparative biology have joined forces to create a book certain to stimulate future studies of animal form and behavior. This volume should be on the shelves of everyone interested in the evolution of vertebrates. Feeding will be consulted often.

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Kurt Schwenk, University of Connecticut, Storrs, U.S.A.

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Published by San Diego: Academic Press, 2000. (2000)
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Book Description San Diego: Academic Press, 2000., 2000. Quarto, laminated boards,537 pp.,illustrations. A detailed and uncompromising survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates feed. The anatomy, function, and control of complex dynamic structural components are recurrent themes of this volume. Bookseller Inventory # 14048

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