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Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology

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Whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses, sea otters, dugongs, manatees, and even polar bears live significat parts of their lives miles from terra firma. Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology reviews many of the adaptations that enable them to live so successfully.

Written by two leading marine mammalogists, this comprehensive text employs a comparative phylogenic approach to marine mammal diversity. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal lineages, the authors provide a phylogenetic context for chapters on major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation. Designed both as an advanced text and as a reference for professionals, this book will be required reading for all biologists concerned with marine mammals.

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Designed both as an advanced text and as a reference for professionals, this book employs a comparative phylogenic approach to marine mammal diversity. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal lineages, it provides a phylogenic context for chapters on major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation. Berta teaches biology at San Diego State University. Sumich teaches biology at Grossmont College.
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Synopsis:

This is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behaviour of marine mammals.

Synopsis:

This book, by two leading marine mammalogists, is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. With chapters on the evolutionary history of the principle lineages, major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation biology, this book will be required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals.

Key Features

* Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals

* Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology

* Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary, extensive bibliography, and many figures and photos

About the Author

Annalisa Berta is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. in Paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, and has been the author of numerous publications in her field.James Sumich is an Instructor of Marine Biology and Zoology at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1986.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Evolutionary History:

Systematics and Classification.

Pinniped Evolution and Systematics.

Cetacean Evolution and Systematics.

Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics.

Evolutionary Biogeography.

Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Behavior:

Integumentary, Sensory and Urinary Systems.

Musculoskeletal System.

Respiration, Diving and Breathhold Physiology.

Sound Production for Communication and Echolocation.

Diet, Foraging Structures and Strategies.

Mating, Breeding and Social Organization.

Reproductive Structures, Strategies and Patterns.

Population Structure and Population Dynamics.

Exploitation and Conservation.

Appendix.

Literature Cited.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780120932252
Subtitle:
Evolutionary Biology
Edited:
Sumich, James L.
Author:
Sumich, Berta, Annalisa, James
Author:
Sumich, Berta, Annalisa, James L.
Author:
Berta, Annalisa
Author:
Sumich, James L.
Publisher:
Academic Press
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Marine Biology
Subject:
Marine mammals
Subject:
Marine mammals -- Evolution.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
General Nature
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
96-70
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
494
Dimensions:
10 x 6.875 in.

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Product details 494 pages Academic Press - English 9780120932252 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behaviour of marine mammals.
"Synopsis" by , This book, by two leading marine mammalogists, is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. With chapters on the evolutionary history of the principle lineages, major organ systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation, reproductive behavior, and conservation biology, this book will be required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals.

Key Features

* Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals

* Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology

* Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary, extensive bibliography, and many figures and photos

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