Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology

Hardcover | April 23, 2015

byAnnalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Kit M. Kovacs

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Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology, Third Edition is a succinct, yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. Earlier editions of this valuable work are considered required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals, and this text continues that tradition of excellence with updated citations and an expansion of nearly every chapter that includes full color photographs and distribution maps. Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary and an extensive bibliography Exciting new color photographs and additional distribution maps

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Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology, Third Edition is a succinct, yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. Earlier editions of this valuable work are considered required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals, and this text c...

Annalisa Berta is Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University, San Diego, California and a Research Associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, California and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. She is an evolutionary biologist who for the last 30 years has been studyin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:738 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 23, 2015Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123970024

ISBN - 13:9780123970022

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Table of Contents

Part I: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY

Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Classification

Pinniped Evolution and Systematics

Cetacean Evolution and Systematics

Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics

Evolution and Geography

Part II: EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR

Integumentary, Sensory and Urinary Systems

Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion

Energetics

Respiration, diving and breathhold physiology

Sound production for communication, echolocation and prey

Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies

Reproductive Structures, Strategies and Patterns

Population Structure and Dynamics

Part III: Exploitation, Conservation, and Management

Exploitation, Conservation, and Management

Appendix: Classification of Marine Mammals

For families of marine mammals: diagnosis, definition, distribution, fossil history, content (species level).

Glossary

Index

Editorial Reviews

"All scientists and students who study marine mammals should read it...the book contains a wealth of information.- Frank E. Fish, Department of Biology, West Chester University in ANIMAL BIOLOGY"...a crucial resource spanning many disparate research venues...Each chapter provides extensive references for further research."- Peggy Dominy in E-STREAMS"...highly welcome...the authors succeed again in presenting a book that is simultaneously challenging and easily readable for students."- M. S. Fischer, Jena, in JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGICAL SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH"...will certainly be popular with students, because it is clearly and concisely written, and intelligently illustrated."- in CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS"...it is a thorough, precise and clearly written reference that will admirably serve those interested in the evolution of marine mammals."- Corey J.A. Bradshaw, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, in POLAR RESEARCH