9780801886959

Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801886959

  • ISBN10:

    0801886953

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/7/2007
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Carey Krajewski is a professor in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

The study of mammalsp. 2
History of mammalogyp. 8
Methods for studying mammalsp. 22
Evolution and dental characteristicsp. 48
Biogeographyp. 68
Integument, support, and movementp. 96
Modes of feedingp. 118
Control systems and biological rhythmsp. 144
Environmental adaptationsp. 156
Reproductionp. 192
Monotremes and marsupialsp. 218
Afrosoricida, erinaceomorpha, soricomorpha, macroscelidea, scandentia, and dermopterap. 242
Chiropterap. 256
Primatesp. 280
Xenarthra [cingulata and pilosa], pholidota, and tubulidentatap. 302
Carnivorap. 314
Cetaceap. 330
Rodentia and lagomorphap. 348
Proboscidea, hyracoidea, and sireniap. 370
Perissodactyla and artiodactylap. 384
Communication, aggression, and spatial relationsp. 406
Sexual selection, parental care, and mating systemsp. 420
Social behaviorp. 434
Dispersal, habitat selection, and migrationp. 448
Populations and life historyp. 462
Community ecologyp. 480
Parasites and diseasesp. 500
Domestication and domesticated mammalsp. 516
Conservationp. 528
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