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Comparative Placentation: Structures, Functions and Evolution

The only concise presentation at present of the structural variety of vertebrate placentas and coherent discussion of how and why this range evolved
Provides the unique collection of the best Light and Electron micrographs from the last 35 years which precisely illustrate the structural range in each vertebrate taxon

By: Peter Wooding (Author), Graham Burton (Author)

301 pages, 2 tables


Paperback | Nov 2014 | #221477 | ISBN-13: 9783642446801
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NHBS Price: £197.50 $242/€222 approx
Hardback | Aug 2008 | #221476 | ISBN-13: 9783540787969
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About this book

Science produces fascinating puzzles: why is there such a range of placental structures when other mammalian organs are so structurally uniform? Why and how did the different placental structures evolve? Comparative placental studies can facilitate the identification of the common factors in placental growth, differentiation and function and their relevance to possible evolutionary pathways.

Comparative Placentation is the only book presenting up-to-date data illustrating the great variety of structure but uniform function of vertebrate placentas from fish to man. This information is essential for selection of suitable models to investigate particular practical problems of impaired or anomalous growth in human and animal placentation. The unique collection of the best light and electron micrographs from the last thirtyfive years which precisely illustrate the structural range in each taxon, make Comparative Placentation the most authoritative publication in this field and a vital source of information for anyone interested on reproductive physiology, anatomy and medicine.


- Placentation Fundamentals
- Implantation, Maternofetal Exchange and Vascular Relationships
- Fish, Amphibian, Bird and Reptile Placentation
- Monotreme and Marsupial Placentation
- Eutheria: Epitheliochorial Placentation Pig and Horse
- Synepitheliochorial Placentation: Ruminants (Ewe and Cow)
- Endotheliochorial Placentation: Cat, Dog, Bat
- Haemochorial Placentation: Mouse, Rabbit, Man, Apes, Monkeys
- Placental Immunology, Viviparity, Evolution
- Hybridisation, Cloning and Fetal Origins of Adult Disease

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