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Biology of Turtles

First comprehensive review of the Testudinata

Edited By: Jeanette Wyneken, Matthew H Godfrey and Vincent Bels

388 pages, 200 illus

CRC Press

Hardback | Jan 2008 | #159406 | ISBN-13: 9780849333392
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Presents the morphology, physiology, and behavior of both freshwater and marine turtles. It explores life histories along with ecological strategies of adaptation, examines current debates in evolution concerning the relationship between organism features and life history, and considers what turtle structures can and cannot reveal about growth, ecology, and behavior.

With 200 illustrations, including 8 full color pages, this text is an ideal reference for herpetologists, as well as evolutionary and conservation biologists.

The volume covers a remarkable range of topics at very different levels! the chapters are well written and well illustrated! this is an excellent addition to our knowledge of evolutionary, developmental, and functional aspects of turtle morphology! It seems likely that chapters in this volume will become standard references for current and future generations of turtle biologists. --Peter A. Meylan, Collegium of Natural Sciences, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, in Phyllomedusa,Volume 7, September 2008 "! Notable strengths'! A laudable layout change after 2 previous turtle-content books by CRC Press (Lutz et a!. 2003) is that The Biology of Turtles has all chapters stand independent with a reference list, yet included the helpful index of subjects and authors cross-referenced in the text, regardless of chapter. The improvement in accessibility creates a more user-friendly reference for the target audience. The images and figures are frequent, clear, and well-juxtaposed with the text!." --Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, Issue 13


Form and Function of Pattern of Skeletal Growth in Turtles. Biomechanical Properties of Turtle and Tortoise Bones and Bone Form. Evolution of Locomotion in Aquatic Turtles. Shoulder Girdle and Humerus Shape in Relation to Environment in ExtantTurtles. Muscles and Motor Patterns in the Locomotion of Turtles. Evolution of Feeding in Testudines. Environmental Sex Determination. The Ecology and Evolution of Propagule Size in Turtles. Structural Diversity of Turtle Reproductive Systems and TheEvolution of Reproductive Strategies. Interplay between Variation in Turtle Morphology and Population Dynamics. Development and Evolution of the Chelonian Body Plan: Old Models, New Data. The Interrelationships of Turtles and Their Phylogenetic Position.Phylogeny of Turtles as seen in Patterns of Skull Diversity. Evolution and Diversity of the Turtle Shell. The Structure and Function of the Turtle Brain: Adaptations for Resistance to Anoxia. Cardiopulmonary Systems of Turtles: Implications to Behaviorand Ecology.

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