Category: Mammals

Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals (2nd Edition) by Jonathan Kingdon

By Jonathan Kingdon

This can be a entire consultant to the mammal fauna of Africa. protecting all identified species (more than 1,100 in total), this advisor will allow identity of all better land mammals more likely to be visible at any place in Africa. certain debts, with color illustrations, are supplied for many species, yet a few advanced small mammal teams are summarised through genera. the color illustrations exhibit either sexes in sexually dimorphic species, and there also are a wealth of line drawings illustrating commonplace behaviours, the functionality of camouflaged or disruptive markings and the main points of interspecific edition between heavily allied species. Distribution maps express the levels of so much species lined.

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Plasticity in the Somatosensory System of Developing and by Peter J. Snow BSc, PhD, Peter Wilson BSc, PhD (auth.)

By Peter J. Snow BSc, PhD, Peter Wilson BSc, PhD (auth.)

Rarely have the various mechanisms that will underlie neural plasticity been tested as explicitly as they're during this large, lavishly illustrated remedy of plasticity within the somatosensory procedure. The reader is supplied with cutting-edge wisdom of connections in any respect degrees of the somatosensory method. The authors research the propensity for alterations of connectivity in either the mature and constructing mammal and clarify proposals in regards to the mechanisms underlying those alterations. Their sensible value to appropriate psychophysical and neurological observations can also be discussed.

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Apes, Language, and the Human Mind by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

By Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

Present primate study has yielded lovely effects that not just threaten our underlying assumptions concerning the cognitive and communicative talents of nonhuman primates, but additionally convey into query what it capability to be human. on the leading edge of this learn, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh lately has completed a systematic leap forward of remarkable proportions. Her paintings with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has resulted in Kanzi's acquisition of linguistic and cognitive abilities just like these of a and a part year-old human baby.
Apes, Language, and the Human Mind skillfully combines a desirable narrative of the Kanzi learn with incisive serious research of the research's broader linguistic, mental, and anthropological implications. the 1st a part of the ebook presents an in depth, own account of Kanzi's infancy, early life, and upbringing, whereas the second one half addresses the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological concerns raised through the Kanzi examine. The authors speak about the problem to the principles of contemporary cognitive technology offered via the Kanzi learn; the equipment wherein we characterize and evaluation the skills of either primates and people; and the results which ape language learn has for the learn of the evolution of human language. absolute to be arguable, this interesting new quantity deals a thorough revision of the sciences of language and brain, and should be very important examining for all these operating within the fields of primatology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy of brain, and cognitive and developmental psychology.

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Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology (2nd Edition) by Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Kit M. Kovacs

By Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Kit M. Kovacs

Berta and Sumich have succeeded all over again in growing better marine examining! This booklet is a succinct but entire textual content dedicated to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, body structure, and behaviour of marine mammals. the 1st version, thought of the major textual content within the box, is needed interpreting for all marine biologists excited by marine mammals. Revisions comprise updates of citations, enlargement of approximately each bankruptcy and whole colour images. This name maintains the culture through absolutely increasing and updating approximately all chapters.

* finished, up to date insurance of the biology of all marine mammals
* offers a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with habit and ecology
* positive aspects bankruptcy summaries, additional readings, an appendix, thesaurus and an intensive bibliography
* intriguing new colour images and extra distribution maps

""...successfully highlights the present kingdom of information at the different assemblage of mammals that utilise the marine atmosphere. These
authors have mixed their services to provide a accomplished treatise....an very good textbook for complicated classes in marine mammalogy. certainly, all scientists and scholars who learn marine mammals may still learn it...the book’s significant energy lies within the sections at the anatomy and body structure of marine mammals. The early chapters on evolution and systematics of the 3 basic teams of marine mammals (pinnipeds, cetaceans and sirenians) are hugely distinctive with appreciate to anatomical features...This publication is a crucial source and it's going to now not be simply considered as a school room textbook. It includes a wealth of knowledge. as well as the organic facets of marine mammals, the e-book additionally presents the heritage of exploitation and political makes an attempt to regulate and keep an eye on searching. even if this overview is gifted in an independent demeanour, the conclusions are that present practices of overfishing could lead finally to the death of a few species. Berta, Sumich and Kovacs current a hopeful plea that we will be able to make destiny political judgements in accordance with a feeling of stewardship of the oceans and its inhabitants.""
- Frank E. Fish, division of Biology, West Chester college in ANIMAL BIOLOGY

""...Berta et al have supplied us with a vital source spanning many disparate examine venues...Each bankruptcy offers huge references for extra examine. within the appendix are indexed the dwelling species (as mentioned within the publication) with details corresponding to prognosis, definition, distribution, fossil background and content material. A thesaurus, a considerable index and several other pages of colour images completes the remainder of the book...certainly, this e-book is suitable for any educational library helping marine technology, marine ecology, environmental technological know-how, evolutionary biology and comparable programs.""
- Peggy Dominy in E-STREAMS

""This replace to the unique model of this uncomplicated ebook initially released in 1999 is extremely welcome...the authors be triumphant back in offering a booklet that's at the same time difficult and simply readable for college students. The power of the ebook is its integrative presentation of adaptiveness to the marine atmosphere (e.g. when it comes to anatomy, body structure, behaviour and ecology, all in an specific phylogenetic context) instead of remoted stories of evolutionary diversifications. As
such, the reader can continually stick to sensible elements of convergent evolution within the quite a few non-related marine-mammal teams. Consequentially, the e-book begins with a (classical) advent to phylogenetic systematics as a rule via particular chapters on pinniped, cetacean and sirenian evolution and systematics. diverse or even hugely contradicting perspectives of the relationships of every crew are truly offered, and the authors do an exceptional activity (especially for college students) of now not attempting to disguise those disagreements, yet as a substitute in leaving the dialogue open. half I finishes with an extremely great bankruptcy on 'evolutionary biogeography'.

The bulk of the ebook bargains with recommendations in the entire a number of structures to deal with the (for mammals) new marine setting. The adjustments in each one of those platforms, particularly whilst considered jointly, signify a robust, amazing and underused piece of proof of evolution. Following the descriptions of loss, restructuring and 'inventing' of buildings in just about all platforms is a excitement in itself, yet much more so as a result of many instructive illustrations by way of Pieter Arend Folkens and Peter J. Adam.

We should still thank the authors for the nice attempt they've got made to collect the entire assorted details to be had and to offer it in a highly
comprehensive ebook, and person who can simply be urged to all readers attracted to this hard field.""
- M. S. Fischer, Jena, in magazine OF ZOOLOGICAL SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH

""...deals with the evolution of marine mammals intimately, and the rest of the e-book is an efficient, sturdy advisor to their complicated biology. That acknowledged, Marine mammals: evolutionary biology will surely be well-liked by scholars, since it is obviously and concisely written, and intelligently illustrated.""
- in CAMBRIDGE collage PRESS

""...the publication does characterize an exceptional reference resource that i'll definitely use myself, and it'll serve those that train those subject matters tremendous good. Berta et al. need to be congratulated for this complete tome - it's a thorough, unique and obviously written reference that might serve admirably these attracted to the evolution of marine mammals.""
- Corey J.A. Bradshaw, university for Environmental study, Charles Darwin collage, in POLAR study

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Life of Marsupials by Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe

By Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe

Joint winner of the 2005 Whitley Medal. integrated in selection Magazine's 2006 extraordinary educational Titles checklist. over the last part a century learn has printed that marsupials – faraway from being ‘second type’ mammals – have diversifications for specific methods of lifestyles rather equivalent to their placental opposite numbers. regardless of lengthy separate evolution, there are awesome similarities during which marsupials have solved the demanding situations of residing in such environments as deserts, alpine snowfields or tropical rainforests. a few can continue to exist grass, a few on pollen and others on leaves; a few can drift, a few can swim and others hop with outstanding potency. In lifetime of Marsupials, one of many world’s top specialists explores the biology and evolution of this strange team – with their amazing variety of kinds around the globe – in Australia, New Guinea and South the USA. FeaturesWritten by means of a number one professional on marsupial biology Covers all marsupials in Australia, New Guinea and South the USA color images of 39 species

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Method and practice in biological anthropology: a workbook by Samantha M. Hens

By Samantha M. Hens

A beneficial source for you organic Anthropology lab strategy and perform in organic Anthropology: A Workbook and Laboratory handbook for Introductory classes enhances a wide selection of introductory point laboratory classes in organic anthropology. It simply features with a well-equipped laboratory, or it can be used as a prime resource of images and/or workouts, delivering optimal flexibility to fit so much laboratory environments. The ebook is geared up into 4 sections, to mirror the association of the common introductory organic anthropology path: genetics and evolution, the human skeleton, non human primates, and our fossil ancestors. MySearchLab is part of the Hens software. study and writing instruments, together with entry to educational journals, aid scholars discover organic anthropology in even larger intensity. to supply scholars with flexibility, scholars can obtain the eText to a pill utilizing the loose Pearson eText app. word:

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Parenting for Primates by Harriet J. Smith

By Harriet J. Smith

What father or mother hasn't questioned "What do I do now?" as a child cries or glares? Making infants could come certainly, yet figuring out tips on how to elevate them does not. As primatologist-turned-psychologist Harriet J. Smith indicates during this vigorous safari in the course of the international of primates, parenting by means of primates is not instinctive, and that is simply as actual for monkeys and apes because it is for people. during this ordinary heritage of primate parenting, Smith compares parenting by way of nonhuman and human primates. In a story wealthy with shiny anecdotes derived from interviews with primatologists, from her personal adventure breeding cottontop tamarin monkeys for over thirty years, and from her medical psychology perform, Smith describes the thousand and one ways in which primate moms, fathers, grandparents, siblings, or even babysitters deal with their offspring, from infancy via younger maturity. Smith discovered the challenging manner that hand-raised cottontop tamarins usually mature into incompetent mom and dad. Her remark of insufficient parenting by way of cottontops plus her scientific paintings with afflicted human households sparked her curiosity within the strategy of how primates develop into "good-enough" mom and dad. the tale of the way she educated her tamarins to turn into sufficient mom and dad lays the root for discussions in regards to the the most important position of early adventure on parenting in primates, and the way specific sorts of studies, corresponding to nervousness and social isolation, can set off neglectful or abusive parenting. Smith finds different suggestions for parenting by means of primates, yet she additionally identifies parenting behaviors an important to the survival and improvement of primate young ones that experience stood the attempt of time. (20060201)

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Platypus : the extraordinary story of how a curious creature by Ann Moyal

By Ann Moyal

This is often the enigmatic tale of a organic riddle that rejected scientists for almost 90 years, not easy theories of creationism, evolution, and class of species alongside the best way. Secretive, elusive, and beguiling, the platypus has persevered to captivate public and clinical realization to the current day.

When the 1st platypus specimen reached England from Australia in 1799, the medical group claimed that it was once a hoax. On nearer research, doubtful eu naturalists finally declared it to be actual, although in an age captivated with category, the category-defying platypus sparked heated debates throughout Europe for a century. In Platypus, Ann Moyal presents a different biography of 1 of the world's such a lot famously unfamiliar beings and tells the awesome tale of the way it turned the point of interest of the nice clinical debates of the 19th century. Eloquent and concise, Platypus uncovers the earliest theories and most recent discoveries approximately this delightfully extraordinary member of the animal country.

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The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations by George B. Schaller

By George B. Schaller

In response to 3 years of analysis within the Serengeti nationwide Park, George B. Schaller’s The Serengeti Lion describes the significant impression of the lion and different predators at the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle for which the world is legendary. the main entire publication to be had at the lion, this vintage paintings comprises the author’s findings on all features of lion habit, together with its social method, inhabitants dynamics, looking habit, and predation styles. “If you could have barely enough time to learn one ebook approximately box biology, this is often the single I recommend.”—Edward O. Wilson, Science“This publication conveys not just the fascination of its specific research of lion habit however the drama and sweetness and wonder of the intimate interdependence of all residing things.”—Saturday Review“This is a crucial ebook, not only for its precious details on lions, yet for its huge, open, and clever method of difficulties that reduce around the fields of habit, populations, ecology, flora and fauna administration, evolution, anthropology, and comparative biology.”—Richard G. Van Gelder, Bioscience

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Pig by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

A photographic paperback sequence designed to introduce the interesting global of animals and the way they increase. during this informative and hugely visible sequence, attractive step by step images permits young children to determine a butterfly emerge from its cocoon and unfold its wings, or see what occurs whilst an egg hatches and a chick emerges. every one publication comes with a decal sheet jam-packed with lovely photos of the animals featured within the ebook.

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