Vertebrate Biology

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JHU Press, 2012 - Science - 608 pages
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Long recognized as the most readable textbook on vertebrate biology, this comprehensive volume covers subjects ranging from the biology of the smallest shrew to the migration of the largest whales. Thoroughly updated with the latest research, this new edition discusses taxa and topics such as

• systematics and evolution• zoogeography, ecology, morphology, and reproduction• early chordates• fish, amphibians, reptiles (inclusive of birds), and mammals• population dynamics • movement and migration• behavior• study methods• extinction processes• conservation and management

Complete with appendixes and glossary, Vertebrate Biology is the ideal text for courses in zoology, vertebrate biology, vertebrate natural history, and general biology. Donald W. Linzey carefully builds theme upon theme, concept upon concept, as he walks students through a plethora of topics on the vertebrate life form. Arranged logically to follow the typical course format, Vertebrate Biology leaves students with a full understanding of the unique structure, function, and living patterns of the subphylum that includes our own species.

  

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Contents

An Overview
1
2 Systematics and Vertebrate Evolution
25
3 Vertebrate Zoogeography
48
4 Early Chordates and Jawless Fishes
79
5 Gnathostome Fishes
95
6 Amphibians
132
7 Evolution of Reptiles
172
8 Morphology Reproduction and Development of Turtles Tuataras Lizards Snakes Crocodilians and Birds
203
12 Intraspecific Behavior and Ecology
367
13 Interspecific Interactions
386
14 Techniques for Ecological and Behavioral Studies
401
15 Extinction and Extirpation
415
16 Conservation and Management
452
Appendixes
483
Glossary
497
Bibliography
513

9 Mammals
269
10 Population Dynamics
331
11 Movements
344
Credits
555
Index
563
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About the author (2012)

Donald W. Linzey is a professor of biology at Wytheville Community College and a research associate with the Bermuda Zoological Society. Among his numerous books are Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, A Natural History Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Mammals of Virginia, Snakes of Virginia, and Snakes of Alabama.

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