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The Class Mammalia is amazingly diverse, ranging from whales to marsupials to bats to primates. The more than 5,400 species occupy many habitats, with mammals present on all the continents. They are rare only on Antarctica and a few isolated islands. Mammals present a complex set of conservation and management issues. Some species have become more numerous with the rise of human populations, while others have been extirpated or nearly so -- such as the Caribbean monk seal, the thylacine, the Chinese river dolphin, and the Pyrenean ibex. In this new edition of their classic textbook, George A. Feldhamer and his colleagues cover the many aspects of mammalogy. Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition includes treatments of the most recent significant findings in ordinal-level mammalian phylogeny and taxonomy; special topics such as parasites and diseases, conservation, and domesticated mammals; interrelationships between mammalian structure and function; and the latest molecular techniques used to study mammals.
Carey Krajewski is a professor in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University.
Table of Contents
|The study of mammals||p. 2|
|History of mammalogy||p. 8|
|Methods for studying mammals||p. 22|
|Evolution and dental characteristics||p. 48|
|Integument, support, and movement||p. 96|
|Modes of feeding||p. 118|
|Control systems and biological rhythms||p. 144|
|Environmental adaptations||p. 156|
|Monotremes and marsupials||p. 218|
|Afrosoricida, erinaceomorpha, soricomorpha, macroscelidea, scandentia, and dermoptera||p. 242|
|Xenarthra [cingulata and pilosa], pholidota, and tubulidentata||p. 302|
|Rodentia and lagomorpha||p. 348|
|Proboscidea, hyracoidea, and sirenia||p. 370|
|Perissodactyla and artiodactyla||p. 384|
|Communication, aggression, and spatial relations||p. 406|
|Sexual selection, parental care, and mating systems||p. 420|
|Social behavior||p. 434|
|Dispersal, habitat selection, and migration||p. 448|
|Populations and life history||p. 462|
|Community ecology||p. 480|
|Parasites and diseases||p. 500|
|Domestication and domesticated mammals||p. 516|
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