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Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Vertebrates > General

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments - Fundamentals, Assumptions, Techniques (Paperback): J. Tyler Faith, R. Lee Lyman Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments - Fundamentals, Assumptions, Techniques (Paperback)
J. Tyler Faith, R. Lee Lyman
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments outlines the reconstruction of ancient climates, floras, and habitats on the basis of animal fossil remains recovered from archaeological and paleontological sites. In addition to outlining the ecological fundamentals and analytical assumptions attending such analyzes, J. Tyler Faith and R. Lee Lyman describe and critically evaluate many of the varied analytical techniques that have been applied to paleozoological remains for the purpose of paleoenvironmental reconstruction. These techniques range from analyses based on the presence or abundance of species in a fossil assemblage to those based on taxon-free ecological characterizations. All techniques are illustrated using faunal data from archaeological or paleontological contexts. Aimed at students and professionals, this volume will serve as fundamental resource for courses in zooarchaeology, paleontology, and paleoecology.

Atlas of Poetic Zoology (Hardcover): Emmanuelle Pouydebat Atlas of Poetic Zoology (Hardcover)
Emmanuelle Pouydebat; Illustrated by Julie Terrazzoni; Translated by Erik Butler
R537 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R154 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A catalog of wonders, from walking fish to self-medicating chimpanzees. This Atlas of Poetic Zoology leads readers into a world of wonders where turtles fly under the sea, lizards walk on water, insects impersonate flowers, birds don't fly, frogs come back from the dead, and virgin sharks give birth. Animals, writes Emmanuelle Pouydebat, are lyric poets; they discover and shape the world when they sing, dance, explore, and reproduce. The animal kingdom has been evolving for 700,000 million years, weathering many crises of extinction; this book allows us to draw inspiration from animals' enduring vitality. Pouydebat's text, accompanied by striking color illustrations by artist Julie Terrazzoni, offers a catalog of wondrous beings. Pouydebat describes the African bush elephant-the biggest land mammal of them all, but the evolutionary descendant of a tiny animal that stood less than fifty centimeters (nineteen inches) high sixty million years ago; the scaly, toothless pangolin, the world's most endangered mammal-and perhaps its most atypical; the red-lipped batfish, which walks, rather than swims, across the ocean floor; and the great black cockatoo, a gifted percussionist. Chimpanzees, she tells us, self-medicate with medicinal plants; the jellyfish, under stress, reverts to juvenile polyp-hood; and the sweetly named honey badger feeds on reptiles, termites, scorpions, and earthworms. Pouydebat, a researcher at the French Museum of Natural History, and Terrazzoni capture the astonishment promised by any excursion into nature-the happiness that comes from watching a dragonfly, spider, frog, lizard, elephant, parrot, mouse, orangutan, or ladybug. It's the joy of witnessing life itself. We need only open our eyes to see.

Vertebrate Palaeontology (Paperback, 4th Edition): Michael Benton Vertebrate Palaeontology (Paperback, 4th Edition)
Michael Benton
R1,197 R1,004 Discovery Miles 10 040 Save R193 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Vertebrate palaeontology is a lively field, with new discoveries reported every week and not only dinosaurs! This new edition reflects the international scope of vertebrate palaeontology, with a special focus on exciting new finds from China. A key aim is to explain the science. Gone are the days of guesswork. Young researchers use impressive new numerical and imaging methods to explore the tree of life, macroevolution, global change, and functional morphology. The fourth edition is completely revised. The cladistic framework is strengthened, and new functional and developmental spreads are added. Study aids include: key questions, research to be done, and recommendations of further reading and web sites. The book is designed for palaeontology courses in biology and geology departments. It is also aimed at enthusiasts who want to experience the flavour of how the research is done. The book is strongly phylogenetic, and this makes it a source of current data on vertebrate evolution.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica/Anfibios y reptiles de Costa Rica - A Pocket Guide in English and Spanish/Guia de... Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica/Anfibios y reptiles de Costa Rica - A Pocket Guide in English and Spanish/Guia de bolsillo en ingles y espanol (English, Spanish, Paperback, Bilingual edition)
Federico Muyoz Chacyn, Richard Dennis Johnston
R432 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R49 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Costa Rica is a remarkable place for amphibians and reptiles. Known for its biological diversity, conservation priorities, and extensive protected lands, this small country contains 418 herpetological species including the dangerous fer-de-lance and black-headed bushmaster, the biologically complex poison dart frog, the beloved sea turtles, as well as numerous dink, foam, glass, and rain frogs. Additional species are thought to be nearing extinction while others have only been introduced recently.

The bilingual English/Spanish edition of Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica is the perfect introductory guide to this diverse herpetofauna in a format that makes it easy to carry into the field. The focus is on identification with a complete species list for the country including scientific, English Common, and Spanish Common names, as well as the older names for the many species that have been recently reclassified. Key ID marks are noted as well as adult sizes. Range maps identify the region(s) where species are known to be present. Color photographs and drawings are provided for over 80 percent of the species, representing those that are most likely to be encountered. All text is in English and Spanish. Designed with ease of use in mind, this guide will be a great aid to the observer in identifying the specimen at hand.

Dogs - Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond (Paperback): Darcy F Morey Dogs - Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond (Paperback)
Darcy F Morey
R927 Discovery Miles 9 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book traces the evolution of the dog, from its origins about 15,000 years ago up to recent times. The timing of dog domestication receives attention, with comparisons between different genetics-based models and archaeological evidence. Allometric patterns between dogs and their ancestors, wolves, shed light on the nature of the morphological changes that dogs underwent. Dog burials highlight a unifying theme of the whole book: the development of a distinctive social bond between dogs and people; the book also explores why dogs and people relate so well to each other. Though cosmopolitan in overall scope, the greatest emphasis is on the New World, with an entire chapter devoted to dogs of the arctic regions, mostly in the New World. Discussion of several distinctive modern roles of dogs underscores the social bond between dogs and people.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands - An Identification Guide (Paperback, 2Rev ed): Andy Swash, Rob Still Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands - An Identification Guide (Paperback, 2Rev ed)
Andy Swash, Rob Still
R435 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R96 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Until the discovery of the Islands in 1535, the flora and fauna of the Galapagos evolved in isolation, producing strange and marvellous island species, as Charles Darwin found when he visited 300 years later. Nowadays many people visit the islands to see the unique wildlife and still encounter almost all the species that were present when Darwin visited. This is in striking contrast to the chains of extinctions that have occurred in every other large oceanic archipelago following the arrival of man. This compact, well thought out and clearly presented book provides a comprehensive guide to the terrestrial vertebrates on Galapagos. It is simple to use, the text is concise and the innovative use of digital technology has produced a remarkable collection of plates. An informative guide of this kind will help everyone, from beginner to experienced naturalist.

Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin, Shanxi Province, China: Geology and Fossil Mammals - Volume II: Small Mammal Fossils of Yushe Basin... Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin, Shanxi Province, China: Geology and Fossil Mammals - Volume II: Small Mammal Fossils of Yushe Basin (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Lawrence J. Flynn, Wen-Yu Wu
R2,642 R2,026 Discovery Miles 20 260 Save R616 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume focuses on small mammal fossils from extinct Asian faunas of about 1 to 7 million years ago in North China. These played a role in the emergence of vertebrate paleontology as a modern science in that country. This second volume of the sub-series Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin, Shanxi Province, China: Geology and Fossil Mammals in the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series deals with a rich microfauna fossil record; megafauna follow in subsequent volumes. This research on Yushe Basin fossils provides a view of changes in northeast Asian terrestrial faunas during the Late Neogene, and therefore is a key to the biochronology for a vast part of the continent. The faunas recovered by the multinational team working in this region represent changes in small mammal communities of the Yushe Basin, revealed on a finer time scale that has not been achieved previously. Detailed systematic studies on small mammal groups proceeded under the care of specialists are outlined in the chapters of this volume. Paleontologists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists will find this book appealing.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica - A Pocket Guide (Paperback, New): Federico Munoz Chacon, Richard Dennis Johnston Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica - A Pocket Guide (Paperback, New)
Federico Munoz Chacon, Richard Dennis Johnston
R320 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Costa Rica is a remarkable place for amphibians and reptiles. Known for its biological diversity, conservation priorities, and extensive protected lands, this small country contains 418 herpetological species including the dangerous Fer-de-Lance and Black-headed Bushmaster, the beloved sea turtles, and numerous dink, foam, glass, and rain frogs. Additional species are thought to be nearing extinction while others have been introduced only recently.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica is the perfect introductory guide to this diverse herpetofauna in a format that makes it easy to carry into the field. The focus is on identification with entries for all species in the country, including scientific and English common names, as well as the older names for the many species that have been recently reclassified. Key ID marks are noted as well as adult sizes. Range maps identify the region(s) where species are known to be present. Color photographs and drawings are provided for over 80 percent of the species, representing those that are most likely to be encountered. Designed with ease of use in mind, this guide will be a great aid to the observer in identifying the specimen at hand.

The Skeleton Revealed - An Illustrated Tour of the Vertebrates (Hardcover): Steve Huskey The Skeleton Revealed - An Illustrated Tour of the Vertebrates (Hardcover)
Steve Huskey
R1,018 R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Save R261 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The vertebrate skeleton is one of nature's most amazing feats. Composed of cartilage and bone, it forms the supportive structure for all the remaining aspects of our anatomy. Stripped of skin, we can see the body's fascinating underlying architecture. In this one-of-a-kind book, biologist and skeletal reconstructionist Steve Huskey lays bare the vertebrate skeleton, providing a guided tour of the nuanced differences among the many featured vertebrate species. Using skeletal preparations he has spent decades assembling, Huskey helps us understand why animals live the way they do. He shows us the jaw and fang structures that allow venomous snakes to both kill and consume their prey whole. We see that the eastern mole is built like a weightlifter, allowing it to "swim through soil." Startling images demonstrate that the odd-looking trumpetfish is built not for music but for suction, with a skull that expands to vacuum in its prey. The pages of The Skeleton Revealed illuminate not only the elegance of each skeleton, but also the natural history story each skeleton tells. Come along-let's take a voyage through the boneyard.

Transgenic Ascidians (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Yasunori Sasakura Transgenic Ascidians (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Yasunori Sasakura
R3,434 R2,690 Discovery Miles 26 900 Save R744 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book comprehensively describes the transgenesis techniques and applied experimental methods in ascidians including enthusiastically developed original devices in addition to concrete examples of developmental biology studies. Ascidians have been one of the most important model animals in developmental biology for studying molecular and cellular processes underlying formation of the chordate body plan. Transgenic techniques such as microinjection, electropolation, cis-element analysis and application, and TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 have been developed in ascidians for more than 20 years, and now many applied methods, some of which are unique in ascidians, have been accumulated. Those extensive technological innovations, such as cell isolation, cell labeling, germ-line transformation, marker transgenic lines, and the experimental systems for studying notochord formation and nervous system, are exceptional particularly in marine invertebrates. This book is useful for ascidian researchers to quickly access the techniques in which they are interested as well as to compare each technology to become familiar with specialized tips, and for biologists of other organisms to learn the unique techniques and ingenious attempts specific to ascidians. Providing detailed and easily understandable descriptions of techniques, the book will inspire ascidian specialists to improve their techniques, encourage anyone wanting to begin studying ascidians, and enable readers to immediately apply the techniques to the organisms they research.

Zoo Animals - Behaviour, Management, and Welfare (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi, Sheila Pankhurst Zoo Animals - Behaviour, Management, and Welfare (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi, Sheila Pankhurst
R1,128 R1,008 Discovery Miles 10 080 Save R120 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The keeping of zoo animals is a central tool in the conservation of some of the world's most fascinating, yet threatened, species. But how do zoos operate on a day-to-day basis? What are the key challenges they face in trying to feed, manage, and keep healthy the animals in their care? How can they play their part in conserving biodiversity? Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare addresses the key questions surrounding the keeping of exotic animals in captivity, and reveals how we can apply our ever-growing understanding of animal behaviour and use an evidence based approach to ensure zoo animals are managed as effectively as possible. Drawing on their extensive experience of zoo research, practice, and teaching, the authors blend together theory with a broad range of both mammalian and non-mammalian examples to give a highly-readable overview of this burgeoning field. Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare is the ideal resource for anyone needing a thorough grounding in this subject, whether as a student or as a zoo professional. Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Zoo Animals features: For all readers: * Updates - surveys of key developments in the field * Multiple choice questions with instant feedback, to aid self-assessment For registered adopters of the book: * Figures from the book in electronic format and full colour, available for download

The Zoology of Tapeworms (Paperback, Minnesota Archi): Robert A Wardle, James A McLeod The Zoology of Tapeworms (Paperback, Minnesota Archi)
Robert A Wardle, James A McLeod
R1,392 Discovery Miles 13 920 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Zoology of Tapeworms was first published in 1952. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Leaders in helminthology have long recognized the need for such a work as this--a comprehensive study of tapeworms. This definitive treatise describes the tapeworms of the world--their gross and microscopic anatomy, their physiology, life cycles, and relationships to hosts, the theories of origin and evolution, and the various systems of classification that have been applied to tapeworms.Detailed, systematic descriptions and keys for the identification of all known genera of the world and species of North America are provided. Emphasis on the theoretical significance of various aspects of tapeworm zoology is balanced by a wealth of detailed description. A bibliography up to 1950 is appended.A review of the literature on each topic is incorporated in the discussions. Starting with a few fragments of information a century or more ago, the literature on the subject of tapeworms has appeared in a wide range of journals and books published in at least five languages. Many of the older publications are, for practical purposes, unavailable, and a number of the more recent journals are difficult to obtain. Therefore, the consolidation of this large body of scattered literature in a single volume will be of value to scientists in many fields.In addition to filling a basic need for helminthologists, this book should serve as a reference work for parasitologists, zoologists, ecologists, clinicians, medical research workers, and students and workers in various fields of biology.There are 419 text illustrations from drawings of species by the authors.

Rapid Review of Ecg Interpretation in Small Animal Practice (Paperback, 2 New Edition): Anna R. Gelzer Rapid Review of Ecg Interpretation in Small Animal Practice (Paperback, 2 New Edition)
Anna R. Gelzer
R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates - Studies of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Hardcover): Walter D. Koenig, Janis L.... Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates - Studies of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Hardcover)
Walter D. Koenig, Janis L. Dickinson
R2,026 R1,873 Discovery Miles 18 730 Save R153 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cooperative breeders are species in which individuals beyond a pair assist in the production of young in a single brood or litter. Although relatively rare, cooperative breeding is widespread taxonomically and continues to pose challenges to our understanding of the evolution of cooperation and altruistic behavior. Bringing together long-term studies of cooperatively breeding birds, mammals, and fish, this volume provides a synthesis of current studies in the field. The chapters are organised by individual studies of particular species or (in the case of mole-rats) two closely related cooperatively breeding species. Each focuses not only on describing behavior and ecology but also on testing evolutionary hypotheses for the form and function of the diverse and extraordinary cooperative breeding lifestyles that have been discovered. This unique and comprehensive text will be of interest to graduate students and researchers of behavioral ecology and the evolution of cooperation.

Advances in Marine Vertebrate Research in Latin America - Technological Innovation and Conservation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018):... Advances in Marine Vertebrate Research in Latin America - Technological Innovation and Conservation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Marcos R. Rossi-Santos, Charles W. Finkl
R4,086 R3,694 Discovery Miles 36 940 Save R392 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book gathers the most recent research findings on ecology and conservation of marine vertebrates in Latin America, making use of high technological methods to show readers the diversity of the marine research that has been conducted in these countries over the last decades. The book brings authors from more than 23 institutions of 7 different countries developing the most diverse research aiming at ocean conservation through the ecology of different vertebrate animals, such as whales, dolphins, manatees, turtles, seabirds and fish. This book deals with technological advances and innovation in the ecology and conservation of marine vertebrates in Latin America. This eclectic collection is broad in scope but provides detailed summaries of new methods that are deployed in the study of marine environmental conservation. Key issues revolve around the development and application of educational methodologies in the field of marine vertebrate research, which provide a rational basis for better management of marine environments using modern techniques associated with GIS, satellite tracking, aerial systems, bioacoustics, biogeochemistry, genetics, underwater videography, species photoidentification, molecular biology, trophic ecological methods, ethological methods, and behavioural ecology, among others. Discussion and elucidation of these kinds of techniques are aimed at university-level students and post-graduate researchers. The scope of this volume includes whales, sharks, rays, dolphins, tropical fishes, turtles, manatees as well as aspects of Latin American marine ecosystem conservation. Researchers in this biogeographic region, as well as others involved with marine vertebrate research, will find this work essential reading.

Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution (Paperback): Kenneth P Dial, Neil Shubin, Elizabeth Lindemann Brainerd Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution (Paperback)
Kenneth P Dial, Neil Shubin, Elizabeth Lindemann Brainerd
R895 R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Save R58 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How did flying birds evolve from running dinosaurs, terrestrial trotting tetrapods evolve from swimming fish, and whales return to swim in the sea? These are some of the great transformations in the 500-million-year history of vertebrate life. And with the aid of new techniques and approaches across a range of fields-work spanning multiple levels of biological organization from DNA sequences to organs and the physiology and ecology of whole organisms-we are now beginning to unravel the confounding evolutionary mysteries contained in the structure, genes, and fossil record of every living species. This book gathers a diverse team of renowned scientists to capture the excitement of these new discoveries in a collection that is both accessible to students and an important contribution to the future of its field. Marshaling a range of disciplines-from paleobiology to phylogenetics, developmental biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology-the contributors attack particular transformations in the head and neck, trunk, appendages such as fins and limbs, and the whole body, as well as offer synthetic perspectives. Illustrated throughout, Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution not only reveals the true origins of whales with legs, fish with elbows, wrists, and necks, and feathered dinosaurs, but also the relevance to our lives today of these extraordinary narratives of change.

Dinosaurs - A Concise Natural History (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel Dinosaurs - A Concise Natural History (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel; Illustrated by John Sibbick
R1,215 R1,086 Discovery Miles 10 860 Save R129 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The ideal textbook for non-science majors, this lively and engaging introduction encourages students to ask questions, assess data critically and think like a scientist. Building on the success of the previous editions, Dinosaurs has been reorganised and extensively rewritten in response to instructor and student feedback. It continues to make science accessible and relevant through its clear explanations and extensive illustrations. Updated to reflect recent fossil discoveries and to include new taxa, the text guides students through the dinosaur groups, emphasising scientific concepts rather than presenting endless facts. It is grounded in the common language of modern evolutionary biology - phylogenetic systematics - so that students examine dinosaurs as professional paleontologists do. The key emerging theme of feathered dinosaurs, and the many implications of feathers, have been integrated throughout the book, highlighted by the inclusion of stunning new photographs in this beautifully illustrated text, now in full colour throughout.

Anthrozoology - Human-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals (Paperback): Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi Anthrozoology - Human-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals (Paperback)
Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi
R807 Discovery Miles 8 070 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions (HAIs), has experienced substantial growth during the past 20 years and it is now timely to synthesise what we know from empirical evidence about our relationships with both domesticated and wild animals. Two principal points of focus have become apparent in much of this research. One is the realisation that the strength of these attachments not only has emotional benefits for people, but confers health benefits as well, such that a whole area has opened up of using companion animals for therapeutic purposes. The other is the recognition that the interactions we have with animals have consequences for their welfare too, and thus impact on their quality of life. Consequently we now study HAIs in all scenarios in which animals come into contact with humans, whether as pets/companions, farm livestock, laboratory animals, animals in zoos, or in the wild. This topical area of study is of growing importance for animals in animal management, animal handling, animal welfare and applied ethology courses, and also for people within psychology, anthropology and human geography at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It will therefore be of interest to students, researchers, and animal managers across the whole spectrum of human-animal contact.

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments - Fundamentals, Assumptions, Techniques (Hardcover): J. Tyler Faith, R. Lee Lyman Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments - Fundamentals, Assumptions, Techniques (Hardcover)
J. Tyler Faith, R. Lee Lyman
R2,026 R1,900 Discovery Miles 19 000 Save R126 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments outlines the reconstruction of ancient climates, floras, and habitats on the basis of animal fossil remains recovered from archaeological and paleontological sites. In addition to outlining the ecological fundamentals and analytical assumptions attending such analyzes, J. Tyler Faith and R. Lee Lyman describe and critically evaluate many of the varied analytical techniques that have been applied to paleozoological remains for the purpose of paleoenvironmental reconstruction. These techniques range from analyses based on the presence or abundance of species in a fossil assemblage to those based on taxon-free ecological characterizations. All techniques are illustrated using faunal data from archaeological or paleontological contexts. Aimed at students and professionals, this volume will serve as fundamental resource for courses in zooarchaeology, paleontology, and paleoecology.

Abominable Science! - Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Paperback): Daniel Loxton, Donald R. Prothero Abominable Science! - Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Paperback)
Daniel Loxton, Donald R. Prothero; Foreword by Michael Shermer
R425 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R73 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world.

The Skull, v. 2 - Patterns of Structural and Systematic Diversity (Paperback, 226th ed.): James Hanken, Brian K. Hall The Skull, v. 2 - Patterns of Structural and Systematic Diversity (Paperback, 226th ed.)
James Hanken, Brian K. Hall
R1,043 Discovery Miles 10 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this authoritative three-volume reference work, leading researchers bring together current work to provide a comprehensive analysis of the comparative morphology, development, evolution, and functional biology of the skull.

The Skull, v. 3 - Functional and Evolutionary Mechanisms (Paperback, New): James Hanken, Brian K. Hall The Skull, v. 3 - Functional and Evolutionary Mechanisms (Paperback, New)
James Hanken, Brian K. Hall
R1,033 Discovery Miles 10 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this authoritative three-volume reference work, leading researchers bring together current work to provide a comprehensive analysis of the comparative morphology, development, evolution, and functional biology of the skull.

Vertebrate Biology (Hardcover, second edition): Donald W. Linzey Vertebrate Biology (Hardcover, second edition)
Donald W. Linzey
R1,955 R1,639 Discovery Miles 16 390 Save R316 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Long recognized as the most readable textbook on vertebrate biology, this comprehensive volume covers subjects ranging from the biology of the smallest shrew to the migration of the largest whales. Thoroughly updated with the latest research, this new edition discusses taxa and topics such as * systematics and evolution* zoogeography, ecology, morphology, and reproduction* early chordates* fish, amphibians, reptiles (inclusive of birds), and mammals* population dynamics * movement and migration* behavior* study methods* extinction processes* conservation and management Complete with appendixes and glossary, Vertebrate Biology is the ideal text for courses in zoology, vertebrate biology, vertebrate natural history, and general biology. Donald W. Linzey carefully builds theme upon theme, concept upon concept, as he walks students through a plethora of topics on the vertebrate life form. Arranged logically to follow the typical course format, Vertebrate Biology leaves students with a full understanding of the unique structure, function, and living patterns of the subphylum that includes our own species.

Nutrition and the Welfare of Farm Animals (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016): Clive J.C. Phillips Nutrition and the Welfare of Farm Animals (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016)
Clive J.C. Phillips
R2,686 R2,508 Discovery Miles 25 080 Save R178 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores the importance of good nutrition in ensuring an adequate standard of welfare for farm animals. It is often not realized that farm animals can suffer when they are fed unsuitable diets, which may be because these diets are more economic or the farmer does not know how to rectify poor nutrition. This book reveals how to recognize and deal with feeding problems in farm animals, when the animal's behaviour is indicating a deficiency, through oral stereotypies for example. Feeding livestock in emergency situations can present special challenges, and the availability of clean and potable water, one of the essential components of life, can also be an unrecognized problem for many farm animals. Feeding farm animals effectively is rarely recognized for the major welfare issue that it is. We may assume that animals in intensive husbandry conditions have adequate feed, yet it is often too concentrated and designed primarily to immediately maximize production from the animals, in the form of growth, milk yield or reproduction. In extensive rangeland conditions adequate feed supply also cannot be assured, potentially leading to undernutrition with serious consequences for the health and even survival of livestock. This book will provide a much-needed review of the relationships between nutrition and the welfare of farm animals.

Respiratory Physiology of Vertebrates - Life With and Without Oxygen (Hardcover): Goran E Nilsson Respiratory Physiology of Vertebrates - Life With and Without Oxygen (Hardcover)
Goran E Nilsson
R1,820 R1,709 Discovery Miles 17 090 Save R111 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do vertebrates get the oxygen they need, or even manage without it for shorter or longer periods of time? How do they sense oxygen, how do they take it up from water or air, and how do they transport it to their tissues? Respiratory system adaptations allow numerous vertebrates to thrive in extreme environments where oxygen availability is limited or where there is no oxygen at all. Written for students and researchers in comparative physiology, this authoritative summary of vertebrate respiratory physiology begins by exploring the fundamentals of oxygen sensing, uptake and transport in a textbook style. Subsequently, the reader is shown important examples of extreme respiratory performance, like diving and high altitude survival in mammals and birds, air breathing in fish, and those few vertebrates that can survive without any oxygen at all for several months, showing how evolution has solved the problem of life without oxygen.

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