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Comparative Psychology of Invertebrates - The Field and Laboratory Study of Insect Behavior (Hardcover): Gary Greenberg, Ethel... Comparative Psychology of Invertebrates - The Field and Laboratory Study of Insect Behavior (Hardcover)
Gary Greenberg, Ethel Tobach
R1,651 Discovery Miles 16 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Peter J. Hayward, John S. Ryland Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Peter J. Hayward, John S. Ryland
R1,195 R1,127 Discovery Miles 11 270 Save R68 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This authoritative guide enables accurate identification of the common components of the inshore benthic invertebrates of the British Isles and adjacent European coasts, as well as a substantial proportion of fish species. This new edition builds upon the strengths of the earlier work and is thoroughly revised throughout to incorporate advances in both the taxonomy and ecology of the organisms concerned.

Visual Navigation - From Biological Systems To Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Hardcover): Yiannis Aloimonos Visual Navigation - From Biological Systems To Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Hardcover)
Yiannis Aloimonos
R2,269 Discovery Miles 22 690 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

All biological systems with vision move about their environments and successfully perform many tasks. The same capabilities are needed in the world of robots. To that end, recent results in empirical fields that study insects and primates, as well as in theoretical and applied disciplines that design robots, have uncovered a number of the principles of navigation. To offer a unifying approach to the situation, this book brings together ideas from zoology, psychology, neurobiology, mathematics, geometry, computer science, and engineering. It contains theoretical developments that will be essential in future research on the topic -- especially new representations of space with less complexity than Euclidean representations possess. These representations allow biological and artificial systems to compute from images in order to successfully deal with their environments.
In this book, the barriers between different disciplines have been smoothed and the workings of vision systems of biological organisms are made clear in computational terms to computer scientists and engineers. At the same time, fundamental principles arising from computational considerations are made clear both to empirical scientists and engineers. Empiricists can generate a number of hypotheses that they could then study through various experiments. Engineers can gain insight for designing robotic systems that perceive aspects of their environment.
For the first time, readers will find:
* the insect vision system presented in a way that can be understood by computational scientists working in computer vision and engineering;
* three complete, working robotic navigation systems presented with all the issues related to their design analyzed in detail;
* the beginning of a computational theory of direct perception, as advocated by Gibson, presented in detail with applications for a variety of problems; and
* the idea that vision systems could compute space representations different from perfect metric descriptions -- and be used in robotic tasks -- advanced for both artificial and biological systems.

Birds of Peru (Paperback): Clive Byers Birds of Peru (Paperback)
Clive Byers 1
R228 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R51 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A country of huge scenic diversity, Peru is a birdwatcher's paradise and a popular tourist destination. It is home to about 1,800 different types of birds from the mighty Andean Condor to a dazzling variety of jewel-like hummingbirds. Many birds can be seen in the capital city of Lima, with Vermilion Flycatchers in the parks and gardens, Canary-winged Parakeets in the streets and Inca Terns and Peruvian Pelicans along the shoreline. Deep in the forests of the Amazon basin are birds of great variety and beauty: antpittas, trogons, manakins, motmots and cocks-of-the-rock. This concise and easy-to-use guide features 252 of Peru's most interesting and spectacular birds, with each illustrated in full colour and with key information on identification, habitat and distribution. Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space.

Nutrient Management of Food Animals to Enhance and Protect the Environment (Hardcover): E.T. Kornegay Nutrient Management of Food Animals to Enhance and Protect the Environment (Hardcover)
E.T. Kornegay
R3,796 Discovery Miles 37 960 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Nutrient management is an important aspect of feeding livestock and poultry. Today, there is more attention directed toward this issue in animal production than ever before. The heightened awareness of the environmental impacts associated with animal production has caused animal nutritionists to refocus their thoughts, practices, and expectations regarding how nutrients are supplied to animals. In addition, the increase in the size and intensity of modern production units demands new technologies for enhancing nutrient utilization and for reducing the amount of nutrients excreted. Covering these issues and more, Nutrient Management of Food Animals to Enhance and Protect the Environment is a reference tool for agricultural industry leaders, private practitioners, government agencies, and researchers.

Animal Clinical Chemistry - A Practical Handbook for Toxicologists and Biomedical Researchers, Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Rev... Animal Clinical Chemistry - A Practical Handbook for Toxicologists and Biomedical Researchers, Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
G. O. Evans
R1,499 Discovery Miles 14 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

By presenting background information on the selection and application of biochemical tests in safety assessment studies, this text seeks to provide a basis for improving the knowledge required to interpret data from toxicological studies. In addition to chapters which discuss the assessment of specific organ toxicity (such as the liver, kidney and thyroid), the book also covers pre-analytical variables, regulatory requirements and statistical approaches, and highlights some of the major differences between man and different laboratory animals. The editor and contributor are all members of the Animal Clinical Chemistry Association, a group formed to advance the science of animal clinical chemistry in safety evaluation, toxicology and veterinary science.

Insects - An Edible Field Guide (Hardcover): Stefan Gates Insects - An Edible Field Guide (Hardcover)
Stefan Gates 1
R269 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R100 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ever been tempted by the thought of trying juicy deep fried mealworms, proteinrich cricket flower, or swapping your Walkers for salt and vinegar flavoured grasshoppers? If so then you are not alone! Over 2 billion people regularly eat insects as part of their diet, and the world is home to around 1,900 edible insect species. For adventurous foodies and daring dieters comes the newest way to save the planet, eat more protein, and tickle taste buds. But this isn't an insect cookbook. Instead it's an informative field guide: exploring the origins of insect eating, offering tips on finding edible bugs and serving up a few delicious ideas of how to eat them once you've tracked them down! It includes a comprehensive list on edible insects and where to find them, how to prepare them, their versatile usage and nutritional value as well as a few recipes. A bug-eating checklist covering all known edible bugs so readers can mark off the ones they've eaten and seek out new delicacies concludes the book. This is a perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful, and adventurous side of entomophagy.

Mammalogy Techniques Lab Manual (Paperback): James M. Ryan Mammalogy Techniques Lab Manual (Paperback)
James M. Ryan
R675 R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Save R96 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Mammals inhabit nearly every continent and every sea. They have adapted to life underground, in the frozen Arctic, the hottest deserts, and every habitat in-between. In Mammalogy Techniques Lab Manual-the only field manual devoted to training the next generation of mammalogists-biologist and educator James M. Ryan details the modern research techniques today's professionals use to study mammals wherever they are found. Ideal for any mammalogy or wildlife biology course, this clear and practical guide aids students by getting them outside to study mammals in their natural environments. Twenty comprehensive chapters cover skull and tooth identification, radio and satellite GPS tracking, phylogeny construction, mark and recapture techniques, camera trapping, museum specimen preparation, optimal foraging, and DNA extraction, among other topics. Each chapter includes several exercises with step-by-step instructions for students to collect and analyze their own data, along with background information, downloadable sample data sets (to use when it is not practical to be out in the field), and detailed descriptions of useful open-source software tools. This pragmatic resource provides students with real-world experience practicing the complex techniques used by modern wildlife biologists. With more than 60 applied exercises to choose from in this unique manual, students will quickly acquire the scientific skills essential for a career working with mammals.

Analyzing Animal Societies - Quantitative Methods for Vertebrate Social Analysis (Paperback): Hal Whitehead Analyzing Animal Societies - Quantitative Methods for Vertebrate Social Analysis (Paperback)
Hal Whitehead
R651 R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Save R49 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Animals lead rich social lives. They care for one another, compete for resources, and mate. Within a society, social relationships may be simple or complex and usually vary considerably, both between different groups of individuals and over time. These social systems are fundamental to biological organization, and animal societies are central to studies of behavioral and evolutionary biology. But how do we study animal societies? How do we take observations of animals fighting, grooming, or forming groups and produce a realistic description or model of their societies?
"Analyzing Animal" "Societies "presents a conceptual framework for analyzing social behavior and demonstrates how to put this framework into practice by collecting suitable data on the interactions and associations of individuals so that relationships can be described, and, from these, models can be derived. In addition to presenting the tools, Hal Whitehead illustrates their applicability using a wide range of real data on a variety of animal species--from bats and chimps to dolphins and birds. The techniques that Whitehead describes will be profitably adopted by scientists working with primates, cetaceans, birds, and ungulates, but the tools can be used to study societies of invertebrates, amphibians, and even humans. "Analyzing Animal" "Societies "will become a standard reference for those studying vertebrate social behavior and will give to these studies the kind of quality standard already in use in other areas of the life sciences.

Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids - 65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe (Paperback, New ed): Jordi Agusti,... Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids - 65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe (Paperback, New ed)
Jordi Agusti, Mauricio Anton
R691 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R160 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids" takes us on a journey through 65 million years, from the aftermath of the extinction of the dinosaurs to the glacial climax of the Pleistocene epoch; from the rain forests of the Paleocene and the Eocene, with their lemur-like primates, to the harsh landscape of the Pleistocene Steppes, home to the woolly mammoth. It is also a journey through space, following the migrations of mammal species that evolved on other continents and eventually met to compete or coexist in Cenozoic Europe. Finally, it is a journey through the complexity of mammalian evolution, a review of the changes and adaptations that have allowed mammals to flourish and become the dominant land vertebrates on Earth.

With the benefit of recent advances in geological and geophysical techniques, Jordi Agust? and Mauricio Ant?n are able to trace the processes of mammalian evolution as never before; events that hitherto appeared synchronous or at least closely related can now be distinguished on a scale of hundreds or even dozens of thousands of years, revealing the dramatic importance of climactic changes both major and minor. Evolutionary developments are rendered in magnificent illustrations of the many extraordinary species that once inhabited Europe, detailing their osteology, functional anatomy, and inferred patterns of locomotion and behavior. Based on the latest research and field work, "Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids" transforms our understanding of how mammals evolved and changed the face of the planet.

Propagation Of The Houbara Bustard (Hardcover): M.Saint Jalme Propagation Of The Houbara Bustard (Hardcover)
M.Saint Jalme; Edited by Y.Von Heezik; Introduction by P. Seddan; Photographs by X. Eichaher; Foreword by Saud Al Faisal
R4,497 Discovery Miles 44 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hunting with falcons for houbara bustards was an integral part of traditional life in the desert. Over the last few decades, this magnificent bird - so well adapted to the desert environment - has become an endangered species, due both to continued hunting and to the degradation of its habitat by domestic livestock. This book highlights the achievements of the National Wildlife Research Center of Saudi Arabia in securing the survival of the species through captive breeding, with the aim of reintroducing the houbara to the wild. The breeding programme has proved to be the greatest source of information yet available on the bird, yielding important data not obtainable from wild houbaras. Propagation of the Houbara Bustard is a practical 'how-to' manual for breeding the bird in captivity. It also presents and summarises the background data on houbara diet, behaviour, physiology, reproductive biology and veterinary care that have enabled the breeding programme to succeed in the short span of eight years. It will be of interest not only to breeders of houbara and other bustard species, but to all those who are studying or managing wild populations.

Comparative Cardiovascular Dynamics of Mammals (Hardcover): John K.-J. Li Comparative Cardiovascular Dynamics of Mammals (Hardcover)
John K.-J. Li
R5,336 Discovery Miles 53 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Comparative Cardiovascular Dynamics of Mammals offers never-before-published data on the structure and function of the circulatory systems of the different mammalian species. This text explores classic allometry, dimensional analysis, and modern hemodynamics to establish similarity principles that provide a necessary and important step in understanding the natural common design and functional features of the cardiovascular systems of different mammals. Fluid and blood vessel mechanics, pulse transmission characteristics, cardiac energetics and mechanics, as well as heart-arterial system interaction are included in this essential reference. The sensitivity of parameters and similarity of principles in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases are also addressed. This book also describes the natural processes involved in the functional development of the mammalian cardiovascular system. By using modern methods to present recent findings on the similarities and differences of the mammalian cardiovascular system, the author provides an easily understood approach to this dynamic field of study.

Water Pollution and Fish Physiology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Alan G. Heath Water Pollution and Fish Physiology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Alan G. Heath
R4,315 Discovery Miles 43 150 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides a concise synthesis of how toxic chemical pollutants affect physiological processes in teleost fish. This Second Edition of the well-received Water Pollution and Fish Physiology has been completely updated, and chapters have been added on immunology and acid toxicity. The emphasis, as in the first edition, is on understanding mechanisms of sublethal effects on fish and their responses to these environmental stressors.
The first chapter covers the basic principles involved in understanding how fish respond, in general, to environmental alterations. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to a particular organ system or physiological function and begins with a short overview of normal physiology of that system/function. This is followed by a review of how various toxic chemicals may alter normal conditions in fish. Chapters covering environmental hypoxia, behavior, cellular enzymes, and acid toxicity are also included. The book closes with a discussion on the practical application of physiological and biochemical measurements of fish in water pollution control in research and regulatory settings.

Whales, Dolphins and Seals - A field guide to the marine mammals of the world (Paperback): Brett Jarrett, Hadoram Shirihai Whales, Dolphins and Seals - A field guide to the marine mammals of the world (Paperback)
Brett Jarrett, Hadoram Shirihai; Illustrated by Brett Jarrett
R407 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R90 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This new field guide is a complete and convenient reference to every species of cetacean, pinniped and sirenian in the world, along with the Marine and Sea Otters and the Polar Bear. Every species is illustrated with magnificent colour paintings and a stunning collection of photographs, chosen to illustrate the key field marks which can be used to separate each species in the field. The author's unique depth of experience and knowledge, coupled with the artist's unrivalled skill, have come together to produce a neat, practical field guide that will enable any observer to quickly identify any mammals they may encounter at sea.

Animal Genetics for Chemists (Paperback): Ralph G. Wilkins Animal Genetics for Chemists (Paperback)
Ralph G. Wilkins
R879 Discovery Miles 8 790 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Accounts are appearing on some facet of genetics in nearly every issue of scientific magazines and often in the daily newspapers. This book sets out to cover the fundamentals of the subject without the details in a much larger genetics text in order to provide background reading for those not studying the subject. It features humans (a lot), other mammals (a good deal) and occasionally other animals to illustrate principles. Although many of the important concepts were established with prokaryotes and plants, the text is confined to animals in order to keep the book a manageable size and since now many of the concepts can be explained using the animal kingdom. Supported with numerous figures and short vignettes, often from current areas of research such as tackling cystic fibrosis with gene directed drugs, genetic analysis of Richard III remains or reconstructing woolly mammoth haemoglobin, the reader will be entertained as they gain knowledge about this important area without going too deeply into the subject. Written in an appealing style, it will be useful to a wide audience from chemists, pharmacists and healthcare professionals.

Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia (Paperback): Tadao Shimba Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia (Paperback)
Tadao Shimba 1
R823 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R211 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Eastern Asia is blessed with a rich and spectacular avifauna, and all 520 regularly occurring species are featured in this spectacular and lavish new photographic guide to the region, covering Japan, northern China, North and South Korea and the Russian Far East. The concise text focuses on key identification criteria, and is accompanied by a distribution map for every species. The accompanying photographs, contributed by Japan's top bird photographers, form a stunning series that will allow both field identification and rich enjoyment at home afterwards. This beautiful book is a must-have for anyone interested in the birds of Asia.

Adaptive Behavior and Learning (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): J.E.R Staddon Adaptive Behavior and Learning (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
J.E.R Staddon
R2,024 R1,896 Discovery Miles 18 960 Save R128 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Every day at about 4:30, Jazz, a Hungarian Vizsla dog, leaps up on the sofa and looks out for his owner who always comes home at 5:00. He doesn't need an internal clock because he has an acute sense of smell that allows him to measure how long his master has been absent. Explaining complex behavior in simple ways, this book is a fascinating exploration of the evolution, development and processes of learning in animals. Now in its second edition, there is increased emphasis on development, evolution and dynamics; new accounts of taxic orientation, reflex induction, habituation and operant learning in organisms; more discussion of spatial learning and the processes underlying it; expanded chapters on choice and completely new chapters on molar laws, classical conditioning theories and comparative cognition. J. E. R. Staddon provides a definitive summary of contemporary theoretical understanding suitable for graduates and advanced undergraduates.

Principles Of Comparative Psychology (Paperback, illustrated edition): Nicky Hayes Principles Of Comparative Psychology (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Nicky Hayes
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This textbook covers aspects of animal behaviour featured in both A-Level Psychology and Social Biology courses. It includes accounts and discussions of imprinting, maternal behaviour, courtship and territoriality, social organization, and animal communication. Throughout the book the principle of behavioural diversity is built upon to show the complexities of animal behaviour and its relationship with the social and physical environment. The issues and perspectives arising from evolutionary theory are explored, and the need to utilize multiple levels of analysis in the understanding of animal (and human) behaviour is emphasized.

Stingers Snappers and Stabbers (Hardcover): Ian Rohr Stingers Snappers and Stabbers (Hardcover)
Ian Rohr
R292 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R16 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Echinoderms Through Time (Hardcover): Bruno David, Alain Guille, Jean-Pierre Feral Echinoderms Through Time (Hardcover)
Bruno David, Alain Guille, Jean-Pierre Feral
R6,054 Discovery Miles 60 540 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Echinoderms are now considered as a biological and geological model that underlies researches of primary importance. The extent of the contributions made by the International Echinoderm Conferences to various fields of research is attested by the scope covered by presentation at the international conferences. These proceedings contain the complete papers or abstracts of all the presentations and posters presented at the eighth International Echinoderm Conference, held in Dijon, France in September, 1994. Coverage includes: general; extinct classes; crinoids; asteroids; ophiuroids; holothuroids; and echinoids.

The Evolution Underground - Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet (Hardcover): Anthony J.... The Evolution Underground - Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet (Hardcover)
Anthony J. Martin
R519 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R99 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days
The Zebrafish - Atlas of Macroscopic and Microscopic Anatomy (Paperback, New): Joseph A. Holden, Lester L. Layfield, Jennifer... The Zebrafish - Atlas of Macroscopic and Microscopic Anatomy (Paperback, New)
Joseph A. Holden, Lester L. Layfield, Jennifer L. Matthews
R1,521 R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Save R92 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a valuable and common model for researchers working in the fields of genetics, oncology and developmental sciences. This full-color atlas will aid experimental design and interpretation in these areas by providing a fundamental understanding of zebrafish anatomy. Over 150 photomicrographs are included and can be used for direct comparison with histological slides, allowing quick and accurate identification of the anatomic structures of interest. Hematoxylin and eosin stained longitudinal and transverse sections demonstrate gross anatomic relationships and illustrate the microscopic anatomy of major organs. Unlike much of the current literature, this book is focused exclusively on the zebrafish, eliminating the need for researchers to exclude structures that are only found in other fish.

Scottish Fish Recipes - Delicious Fare from Scotland's Rivers, Lochs and Coastal Waters (Paperback): Johanna Mathie Scottish Fish Recipes - Delicious Fare from Scotland's Rivers, Lochs and Coastal Waters (Paperback)
Johanna Mathie
R48 R38 Discovery Miles 380 Save R10 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Animal Cognition - A Tribute To Donald A. Riley (Hardcover): Thomas R. Zentall Animal Cognition - A Tribute To Donald A. Riley (Hardcover)
Thomas R. Zentall
R2,353 Discovery Miles 23 530 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Prepared as a tribute to Donald A. Riley, the essays that appear here are representative of a research area that has loosely been classified as animal cognition -- a categorization that reflects a functionalist philosophy that was prevalent in Riley's laboratory and that many of his students absorbed. According to this philosophy, it is acceptable to hypothesize that an animal might engage in complex processing of information, as long as one can operationalize evidence for such a process and the hypothesis can be presented in the context of testable predictions that can differentiate it from other mechanisms. The contributions to this volume represent the three most important areas of research in animal cognition -- stimulus representation, memory processes, and perceptual processes -- although current research has considerably blurred these distinctions.

History of Carcinology (Hardcover): Frank Truesdale History of Carcinology (Hardcover)
Frank Truesdale
R4,333 Discovery Miles 43 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The papers in this volume take several forms, from strict chronologies to detailed historical analyses. Topics covered include: towards the history of pre-Linnean carcinology in Brazil; the beginning of Portugese carcinology; from Oviedo to Rathbun; the development of brachturan crab tascononry in the Neotropics (1535-1937); studies on decapod crustaceans of the Pacific Coast of the United States and Canada; women's contributions to carcinology; reflections on crab research in North America since 1758; carcinology in classical Japanese work.

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