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Vertebrate Life, CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition

By F. Harvey Pough, Christine M. Janis, John B. Heiser

Published by Benjamin Cummings

Published Date: Oct 9, 2012

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For courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Biology Function, and Paleontology

 

Widely praised for its comprehensive coverage and exceptionally clear writing style, this best-selling text explores how the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behavior of animals interact to produce organisms that function effectively in their environments and how lineages of organisms change through evolutionary time. The Ninth Edition features dozens of new figures and photos, new end-of-chapter discussion questions, thoroughly updated information from molecular data and evolutionary development, and expanded discussions on the conservation status of vertebrates, including new information on the effects of global climate change.

Table of Contents

I. VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY, FUNCTION, AND EVOLUTION

 1. The Diversity, Classification, and Evolution of Vertebrates

 2. Vertebrate Relationships and Basic Structure

 3. Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates

 

II. NON-AMNIOTIC VERTEBRATES: FISHES AND AMPHIBIANS

 4. Living in Water

 5. Radiation of the Chondrichthyes

 6. Dominating Life in Water: The Major Radiation of Fishes

 7. Geography and Ecology of the Paleozoic Era

 8. Living on Land

 9. Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods

10. Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians

 

III. SAUROSPIDA: TURTLES, LEPIDOSAURS, AND ARCHOSAURS

11. Synapsids and Sauropsids: Two Approaches to Terrestrial Life

12. Turtles

13. The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes

14. Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life

15. Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic Era

16. Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Crocodilians, Birds, and Others

17. Avian Specializations

 

IV. SYNAPSIDA: THE MAMMALS

18. The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals

19. Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic Era

20. Mammalian Diversity and Characteristics

21. Mammalian Specializations

22. Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life

23. Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals

24. Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans

25. The Impact of Humans on Other Species of Vertebrates

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Vertebrate Life, CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition
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$77.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81205-6