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The Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles: An Introduction

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By: JL Cloudsley-Thompson

254 pages, B/w illus, figs, 1 tab

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #93442 | ISBN: 3540650563
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About this book

An introduction to the evolution and adaptation of amphibians and reptiles, with basic principles explained in non-technical terms, thus making it available to students. Adaptive responses to natural selection which have endangered the diversity of forms that exist in the fossil record and are found in the world today are covered, along with extinct forms such as dinosaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.


Contents

Introduction; Evolution; Convergence and Extinction; Locomotory Diversity on the Ground; Arboreal, Aerial and Aquatic Locomotion; Diversity of Anti-predator Devices; Nutritional Diversity; Reproductive Diversity and Life Histories; Daily and Seasonal Cycles, Hibernation, Aestivation and Migration; Thermal Diversity and Temperature Regulation; Water Balance and Excretion; Relationships with Mankind; Bibliography; Index.

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