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    AuthorsGeorge A. Feldhamer, Joseph F. Merritt, Carey Kwajewski, janet L. Rachlow & Kelley M. Stewart
    ISBN9781421436524
    PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages727
    Size229 x 289 x 51 (mm)
    FormatHardcover
    Images   Colour images and illustrations
    Year published2020

    There are more than 6,400 species in the class Mammalia, including the blue whale – the largest animal that has ever lived – and the pygmy shrew, which weighs little more than a penny. Such diversity among mammals has allowed them to play critical roles in every ecosystem, whether marine, freshwater, alpine, tundra, forest, or desert.

    Reflecting the expertise and perspective of five leading mammalogists, the fifth edition of Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology significantly updates taxonomy, adds a new introductory chapter on the science of mammalogy, and highlights several recently described species. To enhance its appeal to students, textual material has been reduced, consolidated, and streamlined without sacrificing breadth or depth of coverage. The fifth edition includes:

    • for the first time, colour photographs throughout
    • chapters rearranged and grouped to best reflect phylogenetic relationships, with updated numbers of genera and species for each family
    • updated mammalian structural and functional adaptations, as well as ordinal fossil histories
    • recent advances in mammalian phylogeny, biogeography, social behaviour, and ecology, with 12 new or revised cladograms reflecting current research findings
    • new breakout boxes on novel or unique aspects of mammals
    • new work on female post-copulatory mate choice, cooperative behaviours, group defense, and the role of the vomeronasal system
    • discussions of the current implications of climate change and other anthropogenic factors for mammals

    Maintaining the accessible, readable style for which Feldhamer and his coauthors are well known, this new edition of Mammalogy is the authoritative textbook on this amazingly diverse class of vertebrates.

    Contents

    Preface

    PART 1. Introduction
    1 The Science of Mammalogy
    2 Methods for Studying Mammals
    3 Mammalian Phylogeny and Diversification
    4 Evolution and Dental Characteristics
    5 Biogeography

    PART 2. MAMMALIAN CHARACTERISTICS
    6 Structure and Function
    7 Feeding and Nutrition
    8 Physiological and Environmental Adaptations
    9 Reproduction

    PART 3. ADAPTIVE RADIATION AND DIVERSITY
    10 Monotremes and Marsupials
    11 Orders: Macroscelidea, Tenrecoidea, Tubulidentata
    12 Orders: Proboscidea, Hyracoidea, Sirenia
    13 Orders: Cingulata and Pilosa
    14 Orders: Scandentia and Dermoptera
    15 Order: Primates
    16 Orders: Rodentia and Lagomorpha
    17 Order Eulipotyphla: families Solenodontidae, Soricidae, Talpidae, Erinaceidae
    18 Orders: Carnivora and Pholidota
    19 Orders: Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla
    20 Infraorder Cetacea
    21 Order: Chiroptera

    PART 4. BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY
    22 Sexual Selection, Parental Care, and Mating Systems
    23 Social Behavior
    24 Movement Patterns and Spatial Relations
    25 Populations and Life History
    26 Community Ecology

    PART 5. SPECIAL TOPICS
    27 Parasites and Zoonotic Diseases
    28 Conservation

    Glossary
    References
    Credits
    Index

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    Article number
    9781421436524
    EAN
    9781421436524

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