9780711254657

30-Second Zoology The 50 most fundamental categories and concepts from the study of animal life

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    9780711254657

  • ISBN10:

    0711254656

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-03-03
  • Publisher: Ivy Press

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Summary

Learn all you need to know about the ecosystems, animals and environments which make up life on Earth in this simple, handy, and informative guide!

Endowed with abundant water, extraordinary ecoystems, varied climates and biomes, our planet is teeming with creatures, great and small.

What produced this rich diversity? How have so many species formed, evolved and adapted? What effects are humans having on the rest of the animal kingdom and on the natural environment we share?

30-Second Zoology explains the diversificationprocess of evolution, then introduces the main groups of invertebrates and vertebrates. Breathing, seeing, communicating and other key features of animal physiology and behaviour are explored, as are the ecological relationships between Earth’s myriad species – the predators, the prey, the parasites, and the positively poisonous – before assessing the anthropogenic effects of pollution, over-harvesting, and a changing climate.

Covering everything from the origins of life and the most basic of organisms, all the way through to the more complex creatures that we recognise today, 30-Second Zoology aims to showcase the most fantastic examples of life on our earth, all in 300 words and one stunning illustration per topic.

If you like this, you might also be interested in 30-Second Literature, 30-Second Numbers or any of the other title sin the 30 Second series!

Author Biography

Mark Fellowes has been passionate about wildlife from an early age, spending his formative years in the wilds of the west of Ireland surveying birds and bringing bits of the wilderness into his home. He is now Professor of Ecology at the University of Reading in the UK, working on species as diverse as aphids and ants, red kites, and sloth bears. With current projects on five continents, his research explores the connections between people and animals, trying to understand how we can live alongside wildlife for the benefit of biodiversity. He lives in the UK.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
 
Origin & Evolution
GLOSSARY
Profile: Alfred Russel Wallace
Genes
Natural Selection
The First Animals
Phylogenetics & Diversity
Mass Extinctions
Island Oddities
 
The Invertebrates
GLOSSARY
Profile: Mary Jane West Eberhard
Sponges
Jellyfish, Corals, Anemones & More
Echinoderms
Flatworms
Roundworms
Segmented Worms
Arthropods
Molluscs
 
The Vertebrates
GLOSSARY
Profile: Eugenie Clark
Chordates
Fish
Amphibians
Reptiles
Birds
Mammals
 
Physiology
GLOSSARY
Profile: Donald Griffin
Development
Metamorphosis
Breathing
Vision
Venoms & Poisons
Flight
 
Behaviour
GLOSSARY
Profile: E. O. Wilson
Learning
Communication
Managing Conflict
Altruism
Group Living
Mating
Sexual Selection
Sperm Competition
Sex Allocation
 
Ecology
GLOSSARY
Profile: Robert May
Biogeography
Competition
Herbivory
Predation
Parasitism
Mutualisms
Keystone Species
Ecosystem Engineers
 
Conservation & Extinction
GLOSSARY
Profile: Patricia Wright
Climate Change
Habitat Loss
Pollution
Over-harvesting
Invasive Species
Human–Wildlife Conflict
Urban Animals
 
Appendices
Resources
Notes on Contributors
Index
Acknowledgements
 

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