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Healing Plants of Nigeria: Ethnomedicine and Therapeutic Applications

1st Edition

Anselm Adodo, Maurice M. Iwu
April 07, 2020

Healing Plants of Nigeria: Ethnomedicine and Therapeutic Applications offers comprehensive information on the use of herbal medicines in West Africa. Combining an evidence-based, ethnobotanical perspective with a pharmacological and pharmaceutical approach to phytomedicine, the book bridges the gap...

The Call of the Crawfish Frog

1st Edition

Michael J. Lannoo, Rochelle M. Stiles
April 06, 2020

Crawfish Frogs (Rana areolata) have been called the most secretive frog in North America, and it is unusual in the twenty-first century – in the most scientifically advanced country in the world – that basic discoveries can still be made on an animal that inhabits a quarter of the United States....

Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca, Volume 2

1st Edition

Winston Frank Ponder, David R. Lindberg, Juliet Mary Ponder
March 06, 2020

This volume provides individual treatments of the major molluscan taxa. Each chapter provides an overview of the evolution, phylogeny and classification of a group of molluscs, as well as more specific and detailed coverage of their biology (reproduction, feeding and digestion, excretion,...

Deferring Development: Setting Aside Cells for Future Use in Development and Evolution

1st Edition

Cory Douglas Bishop, Brian K. Hall
January 23, 2020

This volume examines cells set aside during development for use later in ontogeny or in adult life. There is no single term for such cells. The cells explored fall within several major categories — stem cells, set-aside cells (in echinoderm larvae), imaginal discs in insects such as Drosophila,...

Insects and Society

1st Edition

Timothy D. Schowalter
December 16, 2019

"Insects are the most species-rich and important organisms on earth, and that’s why there are many university courses dedicated to the topic of Insects and Society. But, surprisingly, this is the first textbook specifically created for those courses. The content in this textbook is not only ideal...

Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca, Volume 1

1st Edition

Winston Frank Ponder, David R. Lindberg, Juliet Mary Ponder
November 12, 2019

Molluscs comprise the second largest phylum of animals (after arthropods), occurring in virtually all habitats. Some are commercially important, a few are pests and some carry diseases, while many non-marine molluscs are threatened by human impacts which have resulted in more extinctions than all...

Our Animal Connection: What Sapiens Can Learn from Other Species

1st Edition

Michael Hehenberger, Zhi Xia
October 25, 2019

This book covers the many ways humans benefit from interactions with other living species. By studying animals of all kinds and sizes, from microbial organisms to elephants and whales, we can learn about their adaptations to extreme conditions on the planet Earth, about the evolutionary development...

Aeglidae: Life History and Conservation Status of Unique Freshwater Anomuran Decapods

1st Edition

Sandro Santos, Sergio Luiz de Siqueira Bueno
October 04, 2019

Aeglidae focuses on these unique crustaceans who are endemic to South America. The book is the first to summarize the diverse aspects of the Aeglidae, whose taxonomic features and phylogenetic relationships, evolutionary history and biogeographical background, biological characteristics, and...

Neanderthals in the Classroom

1st Edition

Elizabeth Marie Watts
October 04, 2019

Neanderthals in the Classroom examines the ongoing battle surrounding evolution from a cultural and historical perspective and then puts Theodosius Dobzhansky’s claim that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” to the ultimate test by exploring the potential evolutionary...

Tropical Ecosystems in Australia: Responses to a Changing World

1st Edition

Dilwyn Griffiths
October 03, 2019

Over the last century, the world has lived through changes more rapid than those experienced at any other time in human history, leading to pressing environmental problems and demands on the world’s finite resources. Nowhere is this more evident than across the world’s warm belt; a region likely to...

The Origin of Snakes: Morphology and the Fossil Record

1st Edition

Michael Wayne Caldwell
August 03, 2019

This book presents perspectives on the past and present state of the understanding of snake origins. It reviews and critiques data and ideas from paleontology and neontology (herpetology), as well as ideas from morphological and molecular phylogenetics. The author reviews the anatomy and morphology...

The Waterside Ape: An Alternative Account of Human Evolution

1st Edition

Peter H. Rhys Evans
July 29, 2019

Why are humans so fond of water? Why is our skin colour so variable? Why aren’t we hairy like our close ape relatives? A savannah scenario of human evolution has been widely accepted primarily due to fossil evidence; and fossils do not offer insight into these questions. Other alternative...