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Mammalogy

Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology

George A. Feldhamer, Joseph F. Merritt, Carey Krajewski, Janet L. Rachlow, and Kelley M. Stewart

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A completely revised and updated edition of the leading mammalogy textbook, featuring color photographs throughout and a new streamlined structure for enhanced use in courses.

There are more than 6,400 species in the class Mammalia, including the blue whale—the largest animal that has ever lived—and the pygmy shrew, which weighs little more than a dime. Such diversity among mammals has allowed them to play critical roles in every ecosystem, whether marine, freshwater, alpine, tundra, forest, or desert.

Reflecting the expertise and perspective of five leading mammalogists, the fifth edition of M…

A completely revised and updated edition of the leading mammalogy textbook, featuring color photographs throughout and a new streamlined structure for enhanced use in courses.

There are more than 6,400 species in the class Mammalia, including the blue whale—the largest animal that has ever lived—and the pygmy shrew, which weighs little more than a dime. Such diversity among mammals has allowed them to play critical roles in every ecosystem, whether marine, freshwater, alpine, tundra, forest, or desert.

Reflecting the expertise and perspective of five leading mammalogists, the fifth edition of Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology significantly updates taxonomy, adds a new introductory chapter on the science of mammalogy, and highlights several recently described species. To enhance its appeal to students, textual material has been reduced, consolidated, and streamlined without sacrificing breadth or depth of coverage. The fifth edition includes

• for the first time, stunning color photographs throughout
• chapters rearranged and grouped to best reflect phylogenetic relationships, with updated numbers of genera and species for each family
• updated mammalian structural and functional adaptations, as well as ordinal fossil histories
• recent advances in mammalian phylogeny, biogeography, social behavior, and ecology, with 12 new or revised cladograms reflecting current research findings
• new breakout boxes on novel or unique aspects of mammals
• new work on female post-copulatory mate choice, cooperative behaviors, group defense, and the role of the vomeronasal system
• discussions of the current implications of climate change and other anthropogenic factors for mammals

Maintaining the accessible, readable style for which Feldhamer and his coauthors are well known, this new edition of Mammalogy is the authoritative textbook on this amazingly diverse class of vertebrates.

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This attractive book will be welcome to those seeking a well-written, current text to use in their mammalogy courses... It is logically organized, clearly written, well referenced, and nicely illustrated.

An excellent mammalogy text... filled with wonderfully descriptive illustrations.

Anyone teaching or studying mammalogy will be interested in this excellent textbook.

This latest edition provides a comprehensive, well-illustrated introduction to the diversity and ecology of extant mammals... A handsome and valuable reference source for those seeking an introductory understanding of mammals.

The Feldhamer et al. tome is still the best review reference of mammalogy as a field and one that represents the standard for an all-encompassing reference volume.

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Trim Size
8.5
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11
Pages
744
ISBN
9781421436524
Illustration Description
300 color photos, 149 color illus., 22 maps, 74 charts, 115 figures
Table of Contents

Preface

PART 1. Introduction
Chapter 1 The Science of Mammalogy
Chapter 2 Methods for Studying Mammals
Chapter 3 Phylogeny and Diversification of Mammals
Chapter 4 Evolution and Dental Characteristics
Chapt

Preface

PART 1. Introduction
Chapter 1 The Science of Mammalogy
Chapter 2 Methods for Studying Mammals
Chapter 3 Phylogeny and Diversification of Mammals
Chapter 4 Evolution and Dental Characteristics
Chapter 5 Biogeography

PART 2. Structure and Function
Chapter 6 Integument, Support, and Movement
Chapter 7 Modes of Feeding
Chapter 8 Environmental Adaptations
Chapter 9 Reproduction

PART 3. Adaptive Radiation and Diversity
Chapter 10 Orders: Monotremata and Marsupials
Chapter 11 Orders: Macroscelidea, Afrosoricida, Tubulidentata
Chapter 12 Orders: Proboscidea, Hyracoidea, Sirenia
Chapter 13 Orders: Pilosa and Cingulata
Chapter 14 Orders: Scandentia and Dermoptera
Chapter 15 Order: Primates
Chapter 16 Orders: Rodentia and Lagomorpha
Chapter 17 Order: Eulipotyphla
Chapter 18 Orders: Carnivora and Pholidota
Chapter 19 Orders: Perissodactyla and Cetartiodactyla
Chapter 20 Infraorder: Cetacea
Chapter 21 Order: Chiroptera

PART 4. Behavior and Ecology
Chapter 22 Sexual Selection, Parental Care, and Mating Systems
Chapter 23 Social Behavior and Communication
Chapter 24 Movement Patterns and Spatial Relationships
Chapter 25 Populations and Life History
Chapter 26 Community Ecology

PART 5. Special Topics
Chapter 27 Parasites and Zoonotic Diseases
Chapter 28 Conservation

Glossary
References
Credits
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

George A. Feldhamer, Ph.D.

George A. Feldhamer is the chair of environmental studies and a professor of zoology at Southern Illinois University. He is the author of the lauded text, Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, and Ecology and recently served as editor of the encyclopedic work, Wild Mammals of North America.
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Joseph F. Merritt, Ph.D.

Joseph F. Merritt is a professor of zoology at the University of Illinois and the author of Guide to the Mammals of Pennsylvania and Biology of Small Mammals.
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Carey Krajewski, Ph.D.

Carey Krajewski is a professor of zoology at Southern Illinois University and the associate editor of the Journal of Mammalian Evolution.
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Kelley M. Stewart

Kelley M. Stewart is an associate professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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