Avian Growth and Development: Evolution within the Altricial-Precocial Spectrum

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

EditorJ. Matthias Starck, Robert E. Ricklefs

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This is the first re-appraisal in 50 years of concepts of development made in birds. This book is a case study in evolutionary diversification of life histories. Although birds have a rather uniform body plan and physiology, they exhibit marked variation in development type, parental care,and rate of growth. Altricial birds are fully dependent on their parents for warmth and nutrition and begin posthatching life in a more or less embryonic condition. At the other extreme, such superprecocial species as the megapodes are independent of all parental care from hatching, and theneonate, able to fly, resembles an adult bird. This book thus attempts to present an integrative perspective of organism biology, ecology, and evolution.

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This is the first re-appraisal in 50 years of concepts of development made in birds. This book is a case study in evolutionary diversification of life histories. Although birds have a rather uniform body plan and physiology, they exhibit marked variation in development type, parental care,and rate of growth. Altricial birds are full...

J. Matthias Starck is at Zoology Institute, University of Tubingen. Robert E. Ricklefs is at University of St. Louis.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 7.01 × 10.12 × 1.42 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195106083

ISBN - 13:9780195106084

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Contributors1. J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Patterns of Development: The Altricial-Precocial Spectrum2. Robert E. Ricklefs and J. Matthias Starck: Embryonic Growth and Development3. J. Matthias Starck: Structural Variants and Invariants in Avian Embryonic and Postnatal Development4. Carl M. Vleck and Theresa L. Bucher: Energy Metabolism, Gas Exhchange, and Ventilation5. G. Henk Visser: Development of Temperature Regulation6. Esa Hohtola and Henk Visser: Development of Locomotion and Endothermy in Altricial and Precocial Birds7. F. M. Anne McNabb, Colin G. Scanes, and Michal Zeman: The Endocrine System8. Victor Apanius: The Immune System9. Heinz Duttmann, H. Heiner Bergmann, and Wiltraud Englander: Development of Behavior10. J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Variation, Constraint, and Phylogeny. Comparative Analysis of Variation in Growth11. Robert E. Ricklefs, J. Matthias Starck, and Marek Knoarzewski: Internal Constraints on Growth in Birds12. William A. Schew and Robert E. Ricklefs: Developmental Plasticity13. Arie van Noordwijk and Henry L. Marks: Genetic Aspects of Growth14. Sabine Gebhardt-Henrich and Heinz Richner: Causes of Growth Variation and Its Consequences for Fitness15. Marek Konarzewski, Sebastian A. L. M. Kooijman, and Robert E. Ricklefs: Models for Avian Growth and Development16. Robert E. Ricklefs and J. Matthias Starck: The Evolution of the Developmental Mode in Birds17. J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Data Set of Avian Growth ParametersSystematic IndexSubject Index

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"[T]his book should be present on the shelves of every academic library ... This book focuses on patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... The contributions of the editors, who are authors on 9 of the 17 chapters, present many of the freshest ideas and novelanalyses that most represent significant advances over previous volumes. Their chapters cover embryonic growth and development, structural variants and invariants in avian development, comparative analyses of and internal constraints on growth, developmental plasticity, models of avian development,and the evolution of avian developmental modes, as well as patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... [T]he thorough coverage of the literature, complete list of citations, and plethora of tables make the book a valuable reference. It is an outstanding contribution tothe literature on growth and development and will serve as a standard in its field for years to come."--Auk