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Marine Mammals

Evolutionary Biology

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.

Audience
Vertebrate zoologists, mammalogists, marine biologists, and those interested in the natural history, evolution, systematics, and behavior of marine mammals. Researchers, faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in mammals, marine biology, and many related disciplines

Hardbound, 738 Pages

Published: April 2015

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-397002-2

Reviews

  • "We should thank the authors for the great effort they have made to gather all the diverse information available and to present it in a highly comprehensive book, and one that can only be recommended to all readers interested in this challenging field."--M. S. Fischer, Jena, in JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGICAL SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH

    "...deals with the evolution of marine mammals in detail, and the remainder of the book is a good, solid guide to their complex biology. That said, Marine mammals: evolutionary biology will certainly be popular with students, because it is clearly and concisely written, and intelligently illustrated."--in CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

    "...the book does represent a good reference source that I will certainly use myself, and it will serve those who teach these themes extremely well. Berta et al. deserve to be congratulated for this comprehensive tome - it is a thorough, precise and clearly written reference that will serve admirably those interested in the evolution of marine mammals."--Corey J.A. Bradshaw, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, in POLAR RESEARCH


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

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