Anatomy of Dolphins

Anatomy of Dolphins

Insights into Body Structure and Function

1st Edition - September 21, 2016

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  • Authors: Bruno Cozzi, Stefan Huggenberger, Helmut Oelschläger
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124076556
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124072299

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The Anatomy of Dolphins: Insights into Body Structure and Function is a precise, detailed, fully illustrated, descriptive, and functionally oriented text on the anatomy and morphology of dolphins. It focuses on a number of delphinid species, with keynotes on important dolphin-like genera, such as the harbor porpoise. It also serves as a useful complement for expanding trends and emphases in molecular biology and genetics. The authors share their life-long expertise on marine mammals in various disciplines. Written as a team rather than being prepared as a collection of separate contributions, the result is a uniform and comprehensive style, giving each of the different topics appropriate space. Many color figures, which use the authors’ access to wide collections of unique dolphin and whale material, round out this exceptional offering to the field.

Key Features

  • Includes high-quality illustrations, drawings, halftone artwork, photographic documentations, microphotos, and tables detailing dolphin anatomy, function, and morphology
  • Facilitates education and training of students of all basic research and applied sciences dedicated to marine biology and the medical care of marine mammals
  • Brings together the current knowledge and information on this topic, including those in obscure past or non-English publications, or scattered in short chapters in volumes
  • Covers a number of delphinid species and serves as a useful complement for expanding trends in molecular biology and genetics


Marine biologists; naturalists; veterinarians; PhD students; bio-acousticians; comparative neuroscientists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Natural history and relationships of dolphins: short history of dolphin anatomical research
    2. General appearance and hydrodynamics (including skin anatomy)
    3. Locomotion (including osteology and myology)
    4. Diving (breathing, respiration and circulatory system)
    5. Head and senses (including nervous system, and communication mechanisms)
    6. Inner body control
    7. Feeding and digestive system
    8. Genital systems, reproduction and development
    9. Urinary system and water balance
    10. Neurobiology and evolution of dolphins

Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: September 21, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124076556
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124072299

About the Authors

Bruno Cozzi

Bruno Cozzi obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Med.Vet.) with honors in 1980 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) and his Ph.D. degree in 1993 from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). In 1999 he was appointed full professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of Padova (Italy).

His scientific production is focused mainly on comparative neuroendocrinology and neuroanatomy of large domestic herbivores, marine mammals, and man. In 2002 he founded the Mediterranean marine mammal tissue Bank.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Stefan Huggenberger

Stefan Huggenberger studied in Cologne (Germany) and graduated with the diploma in Biology on morphological aspects of the harbor porpoise population in the Baltic Sea. Since 1999, he performed research on the echolocation system of toothed whales (Ph.D. in Biology). Next to several scientific articles he published chapters in German text books about whales and dolphins illustrated with high-quality graphic work. Current scientific projects focus on the neuroanatomy, and physiology of the auditory system in amphibians, rodents, and particularly toothed whales. In 2010, Dr. Huggenberger organized a marine mammal morphology workshop in Stralsund (Germany) which was the intellectual starting line of this book on The Anatomy of Dolphins.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Anatomy II, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Helmut Oelschläger

Helmut Oelschläger (Dr.rer.nat.) is a senior lecturer, senior scientist and professor in human anatomy. After studying biology and chemistry in Tübingen (Germany) he made his Ph.D. and habilitation in Frankfurt am Main. He received several scientific awards and organized two marine mammal workshops (Kyoto and Tokyo 2000, Frankfurt 2001). Prof. Oelschläger is an experienced morphologist and neurobiologist and received numerous grants. Scientific topics are: the terminal nerve, magnetic orientation in mammals and the structure of the mammalian head and nervous system (sensory organs, brainstem, neocortex, ontogenetic development). His main focus lies on the comparative neurobiology and the evolution of whales and dolphins.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Anatomy III (Dr. Senckenbergische Anatomie), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

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  • LinaSusanti Fri Feb 07 2020

    Absolute Delight

    Not only that the contain is exactly what I expected it would be (Detail information and structurally written; just a delight!), I am also especially happy that the quality of the book is just excellent. Beautifully printed. Reading them makes you happy (which is a weird thing to say about this kind of book, but it is!)

  • MarkWessels Sat Dec 01 2018

    An informative and clearly written

    An informative and clearly written text that is supplemented with excellent illustrations. This book makes a significant contribution to the study of anatomy and of dolphins themselves.

  • Anna R. Mon Mar 12 2018

    interesting and extremely useful

    interesting and extremely useful