Feeding: Form, Function and Evolution in Tetrapod Vertebrates

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byKurt Schwenk, Kurt Schwenk

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As the first four-legged vertebrates, called tetrapods, crept up along the shores of ancient primordial seas, feeding was among the most paramount of their concerns. Looking back into the mists of evolutionary time, fish-like ancestors can be seen transformed by natural selection and other evolutionary pressures into animals with feeding habitats as varied as an anteater and a whale. From frog to pheasant and salamander to snake, every lineage of tetrapods has evolved unique feeding anatomy and behavior.
Similarities in widely divergent tetrapods vividly illustrate their shared common ancestry. At the same time, numerous differences between and among tetrapods document the power and majesty that comprises organismal evolutionary history.
Feeding is a detailed survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates acquire food. The functional anatomy and the control of complex and dynamic structural components are recurrent themes of this volume. Luminaries in the discipline of feeding biology have joined forces to create a book certain to stimulate future studies of animal anatomy and behavior.

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As the first four-legged vertebrates, called tetrapods, crept up along the shores of ancient primordial seas, feeding was among the most paramount of their concerns. Looking back into the mists of evolutionary time, fish-like ancestors can be seen transformed by natural selection and other evolutionary pressures into animals with feedi...

Format:OtherDimensions:537 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 3, 2000Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080531636

ISBN - 13:9780080531632

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Preface

Section I Introduction

Chapter 1 Tetrapod Feeding in the Context of Vertebrate Morphology

I. Introduction

II. Approaches to the Study of Tetrapod Feeding

III. Concluding Comments

References

Chapter 2 An Introduction to Tetrapod Feeding

I. Introduction

II. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus

III. Kinematics of Feeding:The Gape Cycle

IV. Kinematics of Feeding: Feeding Stages

V. Concluding Remarks

References

Chapter 3 Aquatic Feeding in Salamanders

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Function

IV. Diversity and Evolution

V. Opportunities for Future Research

References

Chapter 4 Terrestrial Feeding in Salamanders

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Function

IV. Diversity and Evolution

V. Opportunities for Further Research

References

Chapter 5 Feeding in Frogs

I. Introduction

II. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus

III. Function of the Feeding Apparatus

IV. Neural Control of Prey Capture

V. Evolution of the Feeding Apparatus

VI. Conclusions

VII. Current and Future Directions

References

Chapter 6 Feeding in Caecilians

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Function

IV. Evolution

V The Future

References

Section III Reptilia: Testudines

Chapter 7 A Bibliography of Turtle Feeding

I. Introduction

II. Bibliography

Section IV Reptilia: Lepidosauria

Chapter 8 Feeding in Lepidosaurs

I. Introduction

II. Lepidosaurian Phylogeny and Classification

III. Natural History

IV. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus

V. Feeding Function

VI. Specialized Feeding Systems

VII. Evolution of Feeding in Lepidosaurs

VIII. Future Directions

References

Chapter 9 Feeding in Snakes

I. Introduction

II. Form and Function

III. Performance and Size

IV. Evolution

V. Concluding Remarks

References

Section V Reptilia: Archosauria

Chapter 10 Feeding in Crocodilians

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Function

IV. Evolution

References

Chapter 11 Feeding in Paleognathous Birds

I. Introduction

11. Materials and Methods

III. Morphology of the Hyolingual Apparatus

IV. Function of the Hyolingual Apparatus

V Evolution of the Feeding System

References

Chapter 12 Feeding in Birds: Approaches and Opportunities

I. Introduction

II. Patterns of Analysis

III. Conclusion

References

Section VI Mammalia

Chapter 13 Feeding in Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Mammalian Feeding System

III. The "Process Model" for Mammalian Feeding

IV. Mechanical Properties and Textures of Foods

V. The Feeding Apparatus

VI. Feeding Function

VII. Control of Feeding Behaviors

References

Chapter 14 The Ontogeny of Feeding in Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Morphology

III. Function and Mechanics of Suckling

IV. Rhythmicity and Control of Suckling

V. Coordination of Swallowing and Respiration

VI. Transition from Suckling to Drinking at Weaning

VII. Evolutionary Considerations

References

Chapter 15 Feeding in Myrmecophagous Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Foraging Ecology

III. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus

IV. Functional Morphology

V. Evolution of Myrmecophagous Specializations

VI. Directions for Future Research

References

Chapter 16 Feeding in Marine Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Feeding Strategies

III. Conclusions

References

Index