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Herpetology (Paperback)
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Herpetology (Paperback)

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Paperback 591 Pages / Published: 18/11/2015
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Herpetology, Fourth Edition presents a functional understanding of amphibians and reptiles-what they do and how they do it, and how those attributes are related to their ecology and evolutionary history.

The book explains why amphibians and reptiles, which are distantly related evolutionary lineages, are nonetheless grouped in the discipline known as herpetology, and describes the position of amphibians and reptiles within the evolution of vertebrates. Initial chapters present the fossil history of amphibians and reptiles and the phylogenetic relationships of extant groups, with descriptions of the biological characteristics of each family and photographs of representative species. The phylogenetic and biogeography chapters have been extensively revised to incorporate the most recent molecular phylogenetic information, including extensive discussion of the expanding field of phylogeography. Subsequent chapters consider amphibians and reptiles from morphological, physiological, ecological, and behavioral perspectives. The book concludes with a discussion of the threats facing amphibians and reptiles and approaches to conserving herpetological diversity.

Herpetology, Fourth Edition serves as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate-level courses and as a comprehensive source of information about amphibians and reptiles for professional biologists, hobbyists, and interested laypersons.

"I have owned every edition of this textbook, and every one has been the best herpetology text available at the time. This one is the best of the best." - Ross A. Alford, Professor in College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9781605352336
Number of pages: 591
Dimensions: 297 x 210 x 28 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


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This book includes a nearly complete overhaul of the systematics sections (including new distribution maps) to reflect numerous recent revisions. Where taxonomic incongruence or controversy exists, recent alternative hypotheses are reported, emphasizing the complexities of phylogenetic inference and persistent knowledge gaps rather than misleading the uninitiated reader with single, arbitrarily resolved trees. Those familiar with previous editions will be immediately taken by the artistry of the images, both the extensive use of color photographs and the masterfully redrawn illustrations and data figures, which capture many fascinating aspects of the lives of our favorite animals. Instructors, and especially the current generation of herpetology students, will welcome the online supplemental materials, which include links to websites with herpetological information, videos, and news stories relevant to each chapter." * Robert E. Espinoza, California State University, Northridge *

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