The Class Mammalia is amazingly diverse, ranging from whales to marsupials to bats to primates. The more than 5,400 species occupy many habitats, with mammals present on all the continents. They are rare only on Antarctica and a few isolated islands. "Mammals" present a complex set of conservation and management issues. Some species have become more numerous with the rise of human populations, while others have been extirpated or nearly so - such as the Caribbean monk seal, the thylacine, the Chinese river dolphin, and the Pyrenean ibex.
In this new edition of their classic textbook, George A. Feldhamer and his colleagues cover the many aspects of mammalogy. Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition includes treatments of the most recent significant findings in ordinal-level mammalian phylogeny and taxonomy; special topics such as parasites and diseases, conservation, and domesticated mammals; interrelationships between mammalian structure and function; and the latest molecular techniques used to study mammals.
Part 1 Introduction 1 Study of Mammalogy 2 History of Mammalogy 3 Methods and Techniques for Studying Mammals 4 Evolution and Dental Characteristics Part 2 Structure and Function 5 Integument, Support and Movement 6 Foods and Feeding 7 The Nervous and Endocrine Systems, and Biological Rhythms 8 Environmental Adaptations 9 Reproduction Part 3 Adaptive Radiation and Diversity 10 Monotremes and Marsupials 11 Insectivora, Macroscelidea, Scandentia, and Dermoptera 12 Chiroptera 13 Primates 14 Xenarthra, Pholidota, and Tubulidentata 15 Carnivora 16 Cetacea 17 Rodentia and Lagomorpha 18 Proboscidea, Hyracoidea, and Sirenia 19 Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla Part 4 Behavior, Ecology, and Biogeography 20 Communication, Aggression, and Spatial Relations 21 Sexual Selection, Parental Care, and Mating Systems 22 Social Behavior 23 Dispersal, Habitat Selection, and Migration 24 Populations and Life History 25 Community Ecology 26 Zoogeography Part 5 Special Topics 27 Parasites and Diseases 28 Domestication and Domesticated Mammals 29 Conservation
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. - Journal of Mammalogy "An excellent mammalogy text... filled with wonderfully descriptive illustrations." - Association of Southeastern Biologists Bulletin"
George A. Feldhamer is an Associate Professor of Zoology, and Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program, at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His research has focused on mammalian populations, ecology, and management, introduced cervid biology, and threatened and endangered species. He is a former Associate Editor of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, and coeditor of Wild Mammals of North America; Biology, Management, and Economics. Dr. Feldhamer has 20 years of experience teaching an upper division mammalogy course. Lee Drickamer received a PhD in zoology from Michigan State University and is currently teaching at Northern Arizona University. His research interests include population biology, behavioral ecology of rodents, reproductive traits in field mice, comparative mating behavior of stink bugs, and dominance in domestic swine. Lee has been very active in the Animal Behavior Society and the American Society of Zoologists. He also is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, American Society of Primatologists, British Ecological Society, Ecological Society of America, Illinois Academy of Science, International Society for Behavioral Ecology, Society of American Naturalists, and Wilson Ornithological Society. Lee is lead author of Drickamer et al: Animal Behavior, 4e, also published by WCB/McGraw-Hill. Stephen H. Vessey is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include the behavioral ecology of mammals, especially primates and rodents. He has been studying a population of white-footed mice in northwestern Ohio for more than 25 years. He is a formed associate editor of the Journal of Mammalogy and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. He has taught mammalogy and animal behavior at Bowling Green for 28 years, and is co-author of Animal Behavior, 4/e with Lee Drickamer.