Egg Incubation: Its Effects on Embryonic Development in Birds and Reptiles

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D. Charles Deeming, Mark W. J. Ferguson
Cambridge University Press, Dec 5, 1991 - Science - 448 pages
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A recent rapid expansion in our knowledge of embryonic development in birds and reptiles has created a need for a book that comprehensively reviews and synthesizes data relating to incubation effects on the embryonic development of these two vertebrate classes. The contributors to this book aptly deal with these issues in logical parts. The first deals with the structure, shape, and function of eggs. The second examines the effects of the four main parameters, e.g. temperature, water relations, respiratory gas exchange, and turning, on the process of incubation. The third section deals with early embryonic development and the methods used to investigate and manipulate the embryo. Further chapters deal with estivation, megapodes, and oviparity.
 

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Contents

Group photograph of participants of Physical Influences on Embryonic
ix
Comparative composition and utilisation of yolk lipid by embryonic
17
Fluxes during embryogenesis
47
Shell structure and formation in avian eggs
71
Physical characteristics of reptilian eggs and a comparison with avian
87
Egg shape in birds
101
The thermal energetics of incubated bird eggs
117
Physiological effects of incubation temperature on embryonic develop
147
Water economy and solute regulation of reptilian and avian embryos
245
respiratory gas fluxes
261
Gas exchange across reptilian eggshells
277
Reasons for the dichotomy in egg turning in birds and reptiles
307
A comparison of reptilian eggs with those of megapode birds
325
Why birds lay eggs
345
Influences of incubation requirements on the evolution of viviparity
361
Ions and ion regulating mechanisms in the developing fowl embryo
385

Cold torpor diapause delayed hatching and aestivation in reptiles
173
Physical factors affecting the water exchange of buried reptile eggs
193
The physiological and ecological importance of water to embryos
213
Roles of water in avian eggs
229
Methods for shellless and semishellless culture of avian
409
Index
435
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Ferguson is Professor of Basic Dental Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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