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Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca, Volume 1

1st Edition

Winston Frank Ponder, David R. Lindberg, Juliet Mary Ponder
November 13, 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...

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...

Biogeology: Evolution in a Changing Landscape

1st Edition

Bernard Michaux
July 15, 2019

This detailed exposition gives background and context to how modern biogeography has got to where it is now. For biogeographers and other researchers interested in biodiversity and the evolution of life on islands, Biogeology: Evolution in a Changing Landscape provides an overview of a large swathe...

Plant Systematics: An Integrated Approach, Fourth Edition

4th Edition

Gurcharan Singh
June 13, 2019

This fourth edition of Plant Systematics is completely revised and updated. It incorporates the updated International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (Shenzhen Code, 2018), the new version of PhyloCode (Beta version of Phylocode 5, 2014), APweb version 14 (September, 2018), revised...

The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers

1st Edition

Mark A. Colwell, Susan M. Haig
May 03, 2019

The 40 or so species of beach-loving plovers (genus Charadrius) comprise a diverse group of shorebirds found around the world. Most of these species are challenged by changing climates and other human-related development activities, yet they provide key insights into basic ecological and...

Asymmetry in Plants: Biology of Handedness

1st Edition

Bir Bahadur, K. V. Krishnamurthy, Monoranjan Ghose, S. John Adams
April 15, 2019

Plants exhibit forms of asymmetry analogous to "handedness" in bilaterally symmetrical animals. This book explores the evolutionary significance and development of asymmetry. Examples of genetic control include the direction of tendril or stem coiling of many climbing plants; the so-called spiral...

Behavior of Lizards: Evolutionary and Mechanistic Perspectives

1st Edition

Vincent Bels, Anthony Russell
February 14, 2019

Key features: Presents a contemporary snapshot of the mechanisms underlying the evolution and adaptation of behavior Explores how genetics, epigenetics, development, and environment shape behavior   Discusses a broad range of behavioral repertoires and responses, including those related to...

Type Specimens of Fossil Fishes: Catalogue of the University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology

1st Edition

John Clay Bruner
January 24, 2019

The Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Allberta houses type specimens of fossil fishes. This book is a catalogue of these specimens. Included for each entry is taxonomy, detailed collection locality information, the citation wherein the species was originally described, and...

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