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Form, Function and Evolution in Tetrapod Vertebrates

Editors: Kurt Schwenk
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126325904
eBook ISBN: 9780080531632
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th June 2000
Page Count: 537
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As the first four-legged vertebrates, called tetrapods, crept up along the shores of ancient primordial seas, feeding was among the most paramount of their concerns. Looking back into the mists of evolutionary time, fish-like ancestors can be seen transformed by natural selection and other evolutionary pressures into animals with feeding habitats as varied as an anteater and a whale. From frog to pheasant and salamander to snake, every lineage of tetrapods has evolved unique feeding anatomy and behavior. Similarities in widely divergent tetrapods vividly illustrate their shared common ancestry. At the same time, numerous differences between and among tetrapods document the power and majesty that comprises organismal evolutionary history.

Feeding is a detailed survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates acquire food. The functional anatomy and the control of complex and dynamic structural components are recurrent themes of this volume. Luminaries in the discipline of feeding biology have joined forces to create a book certain to stimulate future studies of animal anatomy and behavior.


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students; professional vertebrate biologists; teachers of vertebrate biology/comparative anatomy; vertebrate morphologists; and evolutionary biologists.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface Section I Introduction Chapter 1 Tetrapod Feeding in the Context of Vertebrate Morphology I. Introduction II. Approaches to the Study of Tetrapod Feeding III. Concluding Comments References Chapter 2 An Introduction to Tetrapod Feeding I. Introduction II. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus III. Kinematics of Feeding:The Gape Cycle IV. Kinematics of Feeding: Feeding Stages V. Concluding Remarks References Chapter 3 Aquatic Feeding in Salamanders I. Introduction II. Morphology III. Function IV. Diversity and Evolution V. Opportunities for Future Research References Chapter 4 Terrestrial Feeding in Salamanders I. Introduction II. Morphology III. Function IV. Diversity and Evolution V. Opportunities for Further Research References Chapter 5 Feeding in Frogs I. Introduction II. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus III. Function of the Feeding Apparatus IV. Neural Control of Prey Capture V. Evolution of the Feeding Apparatus VI. Conclusions VII. Current and Future Directions References Chapter 6 Feeding in Caecilians I. Introduction II. Morphology III. Function IV. Evolution V The Future References Section III Reptilia: Testudines Chapter 7 A Bibliography of Turtle Feeding I. Introduction II. Bibliography Section IV Reptilia: Lepidosauria Chapter 8 Feeding in Lepidosaurs I. Introduction II. Lepidosaurian Phylogeny and Classification III. Natural History IV. Morphology of the Feeding Apparatus V. Feeding Function VI. Special


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About the Editor

Kurt Schwenk

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University of Connecticut, Storrs, U.S.A.


"...the authors provide a wealth of detail and interpretation, producing an indispensable reference for those interested in the feeding biology of amphibians and reptiles. This book provides a greatly expanded update to the influential feeding chapters in Hildebrand et al. ...herpetologists interested in any aspect of feeding will find this book required reading...Students should consider this volume to be required reading." —Alan H. Sazitzky for COPEIA (2002) @qu:"This volume represents an almost monumental attempt to provide a state-of-the-art review of tetrapod feeding mechanisms and is aimed at informing an audience composed of advanced undergraduates, post-graduates and research scientists." @source:—Paul M. Barrett in IBIS (2002) @qu:"For those vertebrate palaeobiologists who have a major interest in the evolution of craniodental anatomy, this book is an utter godsend. ...This book provides a huge wealth of information on feeding in most groups of living vertebrates. It is a vitally important and immensely interesting addition to the literature in its own right, but as a tool for furthering palaeobiological research into feedings styles it is a key publication. ...Functional anatomists and biomechanicists such as myself will probably love this book; it is interesting, well-edited, well-written, full of crucially important information for palaeobiologists, and likely to become a success." @source:—Ian Jenkins, University of Bristol, UK, in THE PALAEONTOLOGICAL ASSOCATION NEWSLETTER (2001) @from:From the Pre-Publication Reviews: @qu:"...I have no doubt that it will become an important resource both for teaching and for future research in vertebrate biology. The book is well conceived and structured to be useful at many different levels - undergraduate, graduate, and as a reference work for researchers in the field. In addition, I believe that this book sets a new sta