The Dissection of Vertebrates

2nd Edition

Authors: Gerardo De Iuliis Dino Pulera
Paperback ISBN: 9780123750600
eBook ISBN: 9780123785930
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th October 2010
Page Count: 352
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The Dissection of Vertebrates provides students with a manual combining pedalogical effective text with high-quality, accurate, and attractive visual references. Using a systemic approach within a systematic framework for each vertebrate, this book covers several animals commonly used in providing an anatomical transition sequence. Seven animals are covered: lamprey, shark, perch, mudpuppy, frog, pigeon and cat.

New to this edition:
- Revision of the systemic section of the introductory chapter to maintain currency
- Corrections to several parts of the existing text and images
- New comparative skull sections included as part of the existing vertebrates
- Companion site with image bank

Key Features

Winner of the NYSM Jury award for the Rock Dove Air Sacs, Lateral and Ventral Views illustration
Expertly rendered award-winning illustrations accompany the detailed, clear dissection direction
Organized by individual organism to facilitate classroom presentation
Offers coverage of a wide range of vertebrates
Full-color, strong pedagogical aids in a convenient lay-flat presentation
Expanded and updated features on phylogenic coverage, mudpuppy musculature and comparative mammalian skulls



Primary audience: 2nd or 3rd year university level comparative vertebrate anatomy courses. Such courses are usually two-semester courses, and may either be a required course or an elective. It is typically a required course for Biology and Zoology majors, as well as for some Forensics and Criminology programs, and offered as an elective for many other non-zoology science majors. The usual prerequisite is an introductory level biology course. The course is taught as a lecture with a lab. In most cases, the lab manual ie this text is required, while the textbook for lectures in recommended.

Secondary audience: Graduate students and professional researchers in vertebrate morphology, functional anatomy, paleobiology and paleontology.

Table of Contents

Contents Guide






Craniata and Vertebrata

Phylogeny and Classification

Vertebrate Relatives

Craniates and Vertebrates

Early Stages in the Evolution of Vertebrates


Amniote Skulls and Classification




Section I – Skeleton

Section II – External Anatomy

Section III – Pleuroperitoneal Cavity and Viscera

Section IV – Sagittal Section

Key Terms: Lamprey



Section I - Skeleton

Key Terms: Skeleton

Section II - External Anatomy

Key Terms: External Anatomy

Section III - Muscular System

Key Terms: Muscular System

Section IV - Digestive and Respiratory Systems

Key Terms: Digestive and Respiratory Systems

Section V - Cardiovascular System

Key Terms: Cardiovascular System

Section VI - Urogenital System

Male Urogenital System

Key Terms: Male Urogenital System

Female Reproductive System

Key Terms: Female Reproductive System

Section VII - Sensory Organs

Key Terms: Sensory Organs

Section VIII - Brain and Cranial Nerves

Key Terms: Brain and Cranial Nerves



Section I – Skeleton

Key Terms: Skeleton

Key Terms: Postcranial Skeleton

Section II – External Anatomy

Key Terms: External Anatomy

Section III – Mouth, Oral Cavity, and Pharynx

Key Terms: Mouth, Oral Cavity, and Pharynx


Section IV – Pleurop


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About the Author

Gerardo De Iuliis

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dino Pulera

Affiliations and Expertise

Certified Medical Illustrator, Maple, Ontario, Canada


Praise for the New Edition:

"This manual is destined to be a must for the present generation of beginning and intermediate students in the anatomy of vertebrates. It blends a familiar language with the formalism and cadence of Victorian descriptions, all the while maintaining clear directions on dissection procedures, and amazing, realistic, art, rendering its reading a vivid experience. It is strongly based in the conceptual framework of phylogeny but without losing the practical spirit of manuals. The incorporation of new sections on examples often not (or ever) included in other works is a bonus that broadens its scope, flexibility, and utility."--Dr Sergio F Vizcaino, Departmento Cientifico Paleontologia Vertebrados, Museo de la Plata, Argentina

"This new lab manual by De Iuliis and Pulerà will quickly become the standard for veterinary and vertebrate zoology courses alike. The artwork is simply the best available, and appears more true-to-life than any others. The choice of including skeletal material beyond the standard fare (including T. rex!) makes this manual truly innovative. The text clearly explains the anatomy, and goes into more detail than any similar manual, allowing the instructor to more easily tailor the manual to his or her course. Prepare to see this work mimicked by others!"--Randall Lauff, Biology Department, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada