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