Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians

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Csiro Publishing, Jan 15, 2015 - Nature - 672 pages
Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians is a comprehensive review of current knowledge about the world's largest and most famous living reptiles. Gordon Grigg's authoritative and accessible text and David Kirshner's stunning interpretive artwork and colour photographs combine expertly in this contemporary celebration of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials. This book showcases the skills and capabilities that allow crocodylians to live how and where they do. It covers the biology and ecology of the extant species, conservation issues, crocodylian–human interaction and the evolutionary history of the group, and includes a vast amount of new information; 25 per cent of 1100 cited publications have appeared since 2007. Richly illustrated with more than 500 colour photographs and black and white illustrations, this book will be a benchmark reference work for crocodylian biologists, herpetologists and vertebrate biologists for years to come.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE CROCODYLIAN FAMILY TREE
43
3 CROCODYLIANS CLOSER UP
81
4 LOCOMOTION BUOYANCY AND TRAVEL
133
5 SENSORY SKILLS AND BRAIN
173
6 FEEDING DIGESTION AND NUTRITION
209
7 ENERGY SUPPLY AND DELIVERY
245
8 THE WORLDS MOST EXTRAORDINARY HEART
283
9 DIVING AND SUBMERGENCE BEHAVIOUR AND PHYSIOLOGY
309
10 THERMAL RELATIONS
337
11 SALT AND WATER BALANCE
391
12 REPRODUCTION
431
13 POPULATIONS AND POPULATION ECOLOGY
521
14 CONSERVATION COMMERCIALISATION AND CONFLICT
579
Index
627
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Gordon Grigg is the co-author of Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians, which won the Royal Zoological Society of NSW 2015 Whitley Award. He authored this book along with David Kirshner.

David Kirshner is the co-author of Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians, which won the Royal Zoological Society 2015 Whitley Award. He authored this book alongh with Gordon Grigg.

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