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Mammalogy : Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology - 2nd edition

by George A. Feldhamer, Drickamer, Vessey and Merritt

Mammalogy : Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology (ISBN10: 007290948X; ISBN13: 9780072909487)
ISBN13: 978-0072909487
ISBN10: 007290948X

Summary: Balancing breadth and depth of coverage, this text is tailored to a one-semester mammalogy course appropriate for upper level undergraduates and graduate students with a basic background in vertebrate biology.

New to This Edition

  • This edition of "Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology" updates recent advances in mammalian anatomy and physiology, behavioral ecology, molecul morear genetics, systematics, conservation, zoogeography, paleontology, and many other complementary and interrelated areas of mammalogy since the first edition in 1999
  • The 2nd edition includes hundreds of new citations to recent literature, many new photos and figures, study questions designed to help generate critical thinking and discussion, and suggested readings.
  • Part 1 includes added coverage and expanded explanations of molecular techniques, as well as current thinking concerning mammalian evolution.
  • Part 2 has additional new information on locomotion, mosaic evolution, and dormancy, as well as expanded coverage on the immune system of mammals.
  • Throughout Part 3, new fossil evidence and updated phylogenies are given for many orders, as are recent advances in natural history for numerous families, and the current conservation status of threatened species.
  • Part 4 includes recent functional information on such topics as humpback whale songs, the nasal area of the star-nosed mole, and the role of the major histocompatibility locus. We also update material on the role of neuro-endocrine factors in parental care of offspring, group size in social carnivores, and the role of path integration and the hippocampus in orientation and spatial navigation.
  • Current trends in Lyme Disease and other zoonoses are given in Part 5, along with updated material on domesticated species, and conservation issues of various mammalian groups.
  • Unique chapters on research techniques, parasites, domestication, and conservation.
  • Numerous pedagogical features including chapter outlines, boldface terms, chapter summary, discussion questions, suggested readings, references, and glossary.
  • Very contemporary and up-to-date, especially regarding taxonomy (name and class of animal) and research discoveries.
  • Especially complete coverage (7 chapters) of Behavior, Ecology, and Biogeography. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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