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.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals
  • Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology
  • Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary and an extensive bibliography
  • Exciting new color photographs and additional distribution maps


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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Marine Mammals—“What Are They?”
    • 1.2. Adaptations for Aquatic Life
    • 1.3. Scope and Use of this Book
    • 1.4. Time Scale
    • 1.5. Early Observations of Marine Mammals
    • 1.6. Emergence of Marine Mammal Science
    • 1.7. Further Reading and Resources
  • Part 1. Evolutionary History
    • Chapter 2. Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Classification
      • 2.1. Introduction: Investigating Evolutionary Histories
      • 2.2. Some Basic Terminology and Concepts
      • 2.3. How Do You Build a Phylogenetic Tree?
      • 2.4. Testing Phylogenetic Hypotheses
      • 2.5. Applying Phylogenies: Elucidating Evolutionary and Ecological Patterns
      • 2.6. Taxonomy and Classification
      • 2.7. Summary and Conclusions
      • 2.8. Further Reading and Resources
    • Chapter 3. Pinniped Evolution and Systematics
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Origin and Evolution
      • 3.3. Summary and Conclusions
      • 3.4. Further Reading and Resources
    • Chapter 4. Cetacean Evolution and Systematics
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. Origin and Evolution
      • 4.3. Summary and Conclusions
      • 4.4. Further Reading and Resources
    • Chapter 5. Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics
      • 5.1. Introduction
      • 5.2. Origin and Evolution of Sirenians
      • 5.3. The Extinct Sirenian Relatives—Desmostylia
      • 5.4. The Extinct Marine Bear-Like Carnivoran, Kolponomos
      • 5.5. The Extinct Aquatic Sloth, Thalassocnus natans
      • 5.6. Marine Otters
      • 5.7. The Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus
      • 5.8. Summary and Conclusions
      • 5.9. Further Reading and Resources
    • Chapter 6. Evolution and Geography
      • 6.1. Introduction
      • 6.2. Species Identity
      • 6.3. Speciation
      • 6.4. Ec


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"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