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Muscles of Chordates: Development, Homologies, and Evolution

Rui Diogo, Janine M. Ziermann, Julia Molnar, Natalia Siomava, Virginia Abdala
April 18, 2018

Chordates comprise lampreys, hagfishes, jawed fishes, and tetrapods, plus a variety of more unfamiliar and crucially important non-vertebrate animal lineages, such as lancelets and sea squirts. This will be the first book to synthesize, summarize, and provide high-quality illustrations to show what...

Biology of Parrotfishes

Andrew S. Hoey, Roberta M. Bonaldo
March 07, 2018

Parrotfish are found on almost every coral reef in the world. This ubiquity and uniqueness of their feeding action make them one of the most important groups of fishes within coral reef ecosystems. But why, exactly, are parrotfish so important to reefs? Can the evolution of a particular jaw...

Ecology and Conservation of North American Sea Ducks

Jean-Pierre L. Savard, Dirk V. Derksen, Dan Esler, John M. Eadie
February 19, 2018

The past decade has seen a huge increase in the interest and attention directed toward sea ducks, the Mergini tribe. This has been inspired, in large part, by the conservation concerns associated with numerical declines in several sea duck species and populations, as well as a growing appreciation...

Species: The Evolution of the Idea, Second Edition

John S. Wilkins
February 05, 2018

Over time the complex idea of "species" has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental...

Phenological Synchrony and Bird Migration: Changing Climate and Seasonal Resources in North America

Eric M. Wood, Jherime L. Kellermann
December 18, 2017

Bird migration is a well-researched phenological event. However, few studies in North America have investigated the effects of climate change and extreme weather on the relationships of migratory avian species and their seasonal resources. This is a critical gap in knowledge that limits our ability...

Alaska Dinosaurs: An Ancient Arctic World

Anthony R. Fiorillo
December 15, 2017

The Arctic was not always cold and inhospitable. Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed under tree ferns in a warmer world. This book is a survey of the dinosaurs found in the rocks of this now frigid landscape. The author has spent decades exploring fossil bearing sediments of the Mesozoic and has...

Animal Behavior Desk Reference: A Dictionary of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution, Third Edition

Edward M. Barrows
November 15, 2017

"Words are our tools, and, as a minimum, we should use clean tools. We should know what we mean and what we do not, and we must forearm ourselves against the traps that language sets us." -- The Need for Precise Terminology, Austin (1957, 7–8) It follows that, for effective and efficient...

Standing on the Shoulders of Darwin and Mendel: Early Views of Inheritance

David J. Galton
October 30, 2017

This book explores early theories about the mechanisms of inheritance. Beginning with Charles Darwin's now rejected Gemmule hypothesis, the book documents the reception of Gregor Mendel's work on peas and follows the work of early 20th century scholars. The research of Francis Galton, a cousin of...

Biogeography and Biodiversity of Western Atlantic Mollusks

Edward J. Petuch
October 23, 2017

Shallow water marine molluscan faunas are distributed in a pattern of distinct, geographically definable areas. This makes mollusks ideal for studying the distribution of organisms in the marine environment and the processes and patterns that control their evolution. Biogeography and Biodiversity...

Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species

Van Wallach, Kenneth L. Williams, Jeff Boundy
October 23, 2017

Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species—the first catalogue of its kind—covers all living and fossil snakes described between 1758 and 2012, comprising 3,509 living and 274 extinct species allocated to 539 living and 112 extinct genera. Also included are 54 genera and 302...

Molt in Neotropical Birds: Life History and Aging Criteria

Erik I. Johnson, Jared D. Wolfe
October 11, 2017

Molt is an important avian life history event in which feathers are shed and replaced. The timing, duration, seasonality, extent and pattern of molt follows certain strategies and this book reviews and describes these strategies for nearly 190 species based on information gathered from a 30-year...

Photographic and Descriptive Musculoskeletal Atlas of Gorilla: With Notes on the Attachments, Variations, Innervation, Synonymy and Weight of the Muscles

Rui Diogo, Josep M. Potau, Juan F. Pastor, Felix J. dePaz, Eva M. Ferrero, Gaelle Bello, Mercedex Barbosa, Bernard A. Wood
September 14, 2017

Even though the gorilla is our closest living relative, information about its anatomy, and particularly its musculature, is scarce. This book is the first photographic and descriptive musculoskeletal atlas of the gorilla. It includes high-quality photographs of musculoskeletal structures from most...

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