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Marine Mammals - Evolutionary Biology - 2nd edition

Edited by Annalisa Berta, James Sumich and Kit Kovacs 
Academic Press  2006  



Hardbound  560 pp  ISBN 9780120885527      £56.00
  • 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

This book is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. The first edition, considered the leading text in the field, is required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals. Revisions include updates of citations, expansion of nearly every chapter and full color photographs. This title continues the tradition by fully expanding and updating nearly all chapters.

Of interest to 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

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

  • Marine Mammals-"What Are They?"
  • Adaptations for Aquatic Life
  • Scope and Use of This Book
  • Time Scale
  • Early Observations of Marine Mammals
  • Emergence of Marine Mammal Science
  • Further Reading and Resources
  • References

PART I: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY

2. Systematics and Classification

  • Introduction: Systematics-What Is It and Why Do It?
  • Some Basic Terminology and Concepts
  • How Do You Do Cladistics?
  • Testing Phylogenetic Hypotheses
  • Going Beyond the Phylogenetic Framework
  • Taxonomy and Classification
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

3. Pinniped Evolution and Systematics

  • Introduction
  • Origin and Evolution
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

4. Cetacean Evolution and Systematics

  • Introduction
  • Origin and Evolution
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

5. Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals: Evolution and Systematics

  • Introduction
  • Origin and Evolution of Sirenians
  • The Extinct Sirenian Relatives-Desmostylia
  • The Extinct Marine Bear-Like Carnivoran, Kolponomos
  • The Extinct Aquatic Sloth, Thalassocnus natans
  • The Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris
  • The Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

6. Evolutionary Biogeography

  • Introduction-What Is Biogeography and Why Is It Important?
  • Ecological Factors Affecting Distributions of Marine Mammals
  • Present Patterns of Distribution
  • Reconstructing Biogeographic Patterns
  • Past Patterns of Distribution
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

PART II: EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND BEHAVIOR

7. Integumentary and Sensory Systems

  • Introduction
  • Integumentary System
  • Nerves and Sense Organs
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

8. Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion

  • Introduction
  • Pinnipeds
  • Cetaceans
  • Sirenians
  • Sea Otter
  • Polar Bear
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

9. Energetics

  • Introduction
  • Metabolic Rates
  • Thermoregulation
  • Energetics of Locomotion
  • Osmoregulation
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

10. Respiration and Diving Physiology

  • Introduction
  • Problems of Deep and Prolonged Dives for Breath-Holders
  • Pulmonary and Circulatory Adaptations to Diving
  • Diving Response
  • Diving Behavior and Phylogenetic Patterns
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

11. Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture

  • Introduction
  • Sound Propagation in Air and Water
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Sound Production and Reception
  • Functions of Intentionally Produced Sounds
  • ATOC and Low Frequency Military Sonars
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading References

12. Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies

  • Introduction
  • Seasonal and Geographical Patterns of Prey Abundance
  • Adaptations for Foraging in Pinnipeds
  • Feeding Specializations of Cetaceans
  • Feeding Specializations of Sirenians
  • Feeding Specializations of Other Marine Mammals
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

13. Reproductive Structures, Strategies, and Patterns

  • Introduction
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Reproductive System
  • Mating Systems
  • Lactation Strategies
  • Reproductive Patterns
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References

14. Population Structure and Population Dynamics

  • Introduction
  • Abundance and Its Determination in Marine Mammals
  • Techniques for Monitoring Populations
  • Population Structure and Dynamics
  • Further Reading
  • References

15. Exploitation and Conservation

  • Introduction
  • Commercial Exploitation of Marine Mammals
  • Legal Framework for Marine Mammal Conservation and Protection
  • Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals
  • Environmental Contaminants
  • Single Beachings vs Mass Strandings
  • Ecotourism
  • Progress and the Future
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Further Reading

References Appendix: Classification of Marine Mammals
Glossary
Index

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