Marine Mammals

Evolutionary Biology


  • Annalisa Berta, San Diego State University, California, U.S.A.
  • James Sumich, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Kit Kovacs, Biodiversity Research Section Leader, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway, Professor of Biology, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard, Norway

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.

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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


Book information

  • Published: April 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397002-2


"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

" 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

Table of Contents


Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Classification

Pinniped Evolution and Systematics

Cetacean Evolution and Systematics

Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics

Evolution and Geography


Integumentary, Sensory and Urinary Systems

Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion


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).