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Life: The Science of Biology (Volume 2) Chapters 1, 21-33, 54-59,9781464141232
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Life: The Science of Biology (Volume 2) Chapters 1, 21-33, 54-59

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W. H. Freeman
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This is the 10th edition with a publication date of 12/15/2012.
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From its first edition, Life has set the standard for experiment-based introductory biology texts. There is no stronger textbook for helping students understand not just what we know (scientific facts), but how we know it (the experimental process that leads to their discovery).
The new edition of Life builds upon this tradition, teaching fundamental concepts and showcasing significant research while responding to changes in biology education...
PEDAGOGICALLY, with features that match the way students learn today, including chapter opening stories, art with balloon captions, and new Learning Objectives
SCIENTIFICALLY, with a wealth of important new research throughout (see Table of Contents for highlights)
TECHNOLOGICALLY, with instant access QR codes printed in the text, new interactive features (media clips, chapter summaries, a flashcard app), and a dramatically enhanced BioPortal, with the adaptive quizzing system, LearningCurve
QUANTIFIABLY, with completely revised assessment resources and new ways of measuring students' progress
Also avalable, Volume Splits:—paperbound in full color!
Volume 1: The Cell and Heredity (Chapters 1-20)
Volume 2: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology (Chapters 1, 21-33, 54-59)
Volume 3: Plants and Animals (Chapters 1, 34-53)

Table of Contents

Part One: The Science of Life and Its Chemical Basis
1. Studying Life

Part Six: The Patterns and Processes of Evolution

21. Mechanisms of Evolution
22. Reconstructing and Using Phylogenies
23. Speciation
24. Evolution of Genes and Genomes
25. The History of Life on Earth

• New section on the historical development of evolutionary theory
• New problem-oriented approach; students gain hands-on experience working with data
• Real, clear examples of the process of speciation
• Coverage of experimental approaches to evolution
• New information on evolution of genomes
• Clear explanations of the importance of geological changes to evolutionary history

• Updated geological chronology

• New information on mass extinction events

• New examples and illustrations of the evolution of multicellularity

Part Seven: The Evolution of Diversity
26. Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses
27. The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes
28. Plants without Seeds: From Water to Land
29. The Evolution of Seed Plants
30. The Evolution and Diversity of Fungi
31. Animal Origins and the Evolution of Body Plans
32. Protostome Animals
33. Deuterostome Animals

• Fully updated taxonomic treatment
• The only textbook with extensive coverage of the tree of life, complete with online links to photos, maps, keys, and more on all of life’s diversity
• Extensive video coverage of the diversity of life, with QR links, to make diversity come alive for students
• Students gain first-hand understanding of biodiversity through working with data problems
• Added emphasis on importance of microbiomes
• New information on evolution of viruses
• New phylogenetic treatment of microbial eukaryotes
• New chapter opener on photosynthetic organisms and the Gulf Oil Spill
• New discussion and illustration son the use of algae for biofuel production
• Added illustrations and examples on the importance of plants to human society
• New experimental studies using fungi
• Updated animal phylogeny
• New illustrations of evolution of tetrapod limbs
• New illustration on role of neoteny in human evolution
Part Ten: Ecology
54. Ecology and the Distribution of Life
55. Population Ecology
56. Species Interactions and Coevolution
57. Community Ecology
58. Ecosystems and Global Ecology
59. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

• Integration of fire as an ecological factor affecting ecology of organisms, biomes, and ecosystems, including a new feature on fynbos plants that germinate in response to smoke
• Improved diagram and new Working with Data exercise on the mark-recapture method of estimating population size
• Expanded discussion of aquatic biomes and their characteristics
• New Working with Data exercise illustrating reciprocal selective responses in predator-prey interactions
• New information on the ecological role of toxins in nectar
• Integration of energy flow and nutrient cycling, with new emphasis on how energy powers nutrient cycles
• New feature on the Mississippi Delta dead zone and its effect on the seafood industry          
• New feature on loss of kokanee salmon from Flathead Lake, Minnesota, illustrating the cascading negative effects of a well-intentioned species introduction     
• New information on the role of habitat corridors in conservation planning, based on research in a natural setting in Palenque National Park in Mexico

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