The Dissection of Vertebrates - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780124104600

The Dissection of Vertebrates

3rd Edition

Authors: Gerardo De Iuliis Dino Pulera
Paperback ISBN: 9780124104600
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2019
Page Count: 424
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Description

Detailed and concise dissection directions, updated valuable information and extraordinary illustrations make The Dissection of Vertebrates, 3rd Edition the new ideal manual for students in comparative vertebrate anatomy, as well as a superb reference for vertebrate and functional morphology, vertebrate paleontology, and advanced level vertebrate courses, such as in mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, and herpetology.

This newly revised edition of the most comprehensive manual available continues to offer today’s more visually oriented student with a manual combining pedagogically effective text with high-quality, accurate and attractive visual references. This new edition features updated and expanded phylogenetic coverage, revisions to the illustrations and text of the lamprey, shark, perch, mudpuppy, frog, cat, pigeon, and reptile skull chapters, and new sections on amphioxus or lancelet (Branchiostoma, Cephalochodata), a sea squirt (Ciona, Urochordata), shark musculature, a gravid shark, shark embryo, cat musculature, and the sheep heart.

Using the same systematic approach within a systemic framework as the first two editions, The Dissection of Vertebrates, 3rd Edition covers several animals commonly used in providing an anatomical transition sequence. Nine animals are covered: amphioxus, sea squirt, lamprey, shark, perch, mudpuppy, frog, cat, and pigeon, plus five reptile skulls, two mammal skulls, and the sheep heart.

Key Features

  • Seven detailed vertebrate dissections, providing a systemic approach
  • Includes carefully developed directions for dissection
  • Original, high-quality award-winning illustrations
  • Clear and sharp photographs
  • Expanded and updated features on phylogenetic coverage
  • New sections on:
    • amphioxus (Cephalochordata)
    • sea squirt (Urochordata)
    • shark musculature
    • gravid shark
    • shark embryo
    • cat musculature
    • sheep heart

Readership

2nd or 3rd year university level comparative vertebrate anatomy courses. 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 (i.e. this text) is required, while the textbook for lectures is recommended. Graduate students and professional researchers in vertebrate morphology, functional anatomy, paleobiology and paleontology

Table of Contents

Contents Guide
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Vertebrates and Their Kin
Phylogeny and Classification
Vertebrate Relatives
Vertebrates
Amniote Skulls and Classification
Vertebrate Relatives: Cephalochordates
Vertebrate Relatives: Urochordates

2. The Lamprey
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Pleuroperitoneal Cavity and Viscera
Section IV: Sagittal Section

3. The Shark
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Muscular System 
Section IV: Digestive and Respiratory Systems
Section V: Cardiovascular System 
Section VI: Urogenital System
Section VII: Sensory Organs
Section VIII: Brain and Cranial Nerves 

4. The Perch
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Mouth, Oral Cavity, and Pharynx
Section IV: Pleuroperitoneal Cavity and Viscera

5. The Mudpuppy
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Muscular System
Section IV: Mouth, Oral Cavity, and Pharynx
Section V: Pleuroperitoneal Cavity and Viscera
Section VI: Urogenital System
Section VII: Cardiovascular System 

6. The Frog
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton 
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Mouth, Oral Cavity, and Pharynx
Section IV: Pleuroperitoneal Cavity, Viscera, and Rogenitalurogenital System
Section V: Cardiovascular System

7. The Cat
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Muscular System
Section IV: Digestive and Respiratory Systems
Section V: Cardiovascular System
Section VI: Urogenital System
Section VII: Brain and Cranial Nerves

8. Reptile Skulls and Mandibles
Introduction
Section I: Turtle Skull and Mandible
Section II: Iguana Skull and Mandible 
Section III: Snake Skull and Mandible
Section IV: Alligator Skull and Mandible
Section V: Dinosaur Skull and Mandible

9. The Pigeon
Introduction
Section I: Skeleton 
Section II: External Anatomy
Section III: Musculature
Section IV: Body Cavity, Viscera, and Vessels

References
Index

Details

No. of pages:
424
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2020
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780124104600

About the Author

Gerardo De Iuliis

Gerardo De Iuliis, PhD, is currently teaching Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy at the University of Toronto, and Evolution and Anatomy and Physiology courses at George Brown College. He has published numerous papers, and his frist book, The Dissection of Vertebrates, has been well received by instructors, researchers and students.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Dino Pulera

Dino Pulerá, MScBMC, CMI, was the first recipient of the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for best paleontological technical illustration in 2010. Dino worked as a medical and scientific illustrator and animator producing visuals, predominately for undergraduate textbook publications, and he currently works for a medical legal studio as an art director and medical illustrator.

Affiliations and Expertise

Certified Medical Illustrator, Maple, Ontario, Canada

Reviews

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

This book is the go-to manual for comparative anatomy and vertebrate morphology courses. The excellent artwork and clear text make it understandable and practical for students. Having taught anatomy for 36 years and used every possible lab manual, I chose this manual among all others. The inclusion of a variety of vertebrate skulls makes it a valuable tool for biology students. The 3rd edition adds valuable information on the protochordates and the sheep heart and shark reproductive system. The clear instructions and illustrations of this manual make the job of the lab instructor much easier and enjoyable. This is the best comparative anatomy lab manual! – Dr. Philip J. Motta, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa

De Iuliis and Pulerà have produced a must-read primer for helping our students understand the anatomy of vertebrates. It is a delightful guide full of important and relevant anatomical information on a variety of vertebrates. It is written in a straightforward, concise, easy to follow style and is accompanied by amazing artwork. We look forward to the Chinese version coming out! Read this book - and learn from one of the best. – Dr. Zhikun Gai Associate Professor of Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

I have been using this outstanding lab manual for my Vertebrate Biology course for more than ten years. It is simply the best available for vertebrate comparative anatomy courses. I have always appreciated the broad coverage and excellent diagrams, and especially the combination of artwork and photographs. The third edition builds upon the strengths of the previous two by adding sections on the amphioxus, sea squirt, and sheep heart. These new sections have excellent diagrams and photos; for example, the photos of the preserved sheep heart with the superficial adipose tissue and cut vessels show the students what the heart in the dissecting tray in front of them actually looks like, as opposed to a stylized artistic view of the heart seen in most lab texts. No other lab manual I am aware of offers this realistic approach. Like the previous editions, the new photos and art are clear and easy to read and study. I am looking forward to bringing this updated lab text to a whole new generation of students. – Dr. Mark S. Mills, Assistant Professor of Biology, Missouri Western State University, St Joseph

De Iuliis and Pulerà’s The Dissection of Vertebrates is a special work that combines current science and anatomical description with exceptional illustration. Importantly, the authors introduce vertebrate anatomy on a solid phylogenetic footing before proceeding to the sections that separately focus on dissections of exemplar vertebrates.
I have used De Iuliis and Pulerà’s The Dissection of Vertebrates since its inaugural publication – no other manual comes close to this work in terms of its clarity of prose and highly polished scientific illustration. In my course, we focus on the dissection of the cat, and the content of the manual is excellently suited for an in-depth coverage of mammalian anatomical systems over the course of a semester. The writing is clear and accessible, and its organization is well suited for training students to rely on working between the guide and specimen, with dissection tools in hand.
The sections on mammal and reptile skulls are exciting features usually not seen elsewhere, and introduce students to the intricacies and varieties of form that have evolved in those lineages. This aspect, along with the breathtaking illustrations, transforms the manual into an important reference for students and morphologists alike. In addition, De Iuliis brings the content up to date, such as including new terms such as procoracoid, which reflects the current work on recent reconsiderations of anatomical homologies.
The illustrations deserve extra comment: Pulerà’s renderings show an extraordinary commitment to accuracy and aesthetic excellence; in addition to their value for navigating anatomy, virtually any of his illustrations could be framed and displayed as high culture natural history art. In this regard, the manual could, arguably, serve as a source for a course in scientific illustration. For all of these reasons I could not recommend a work on vertebrate anatomy more highly. All told, it is a work that would make the science’s founder, Georges Cuvier, proud. – Dr. Thomas D. Carr, Associate Professor of Biology, Carthage College, Kenosha

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