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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
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