537 pages, B/w plates, b/w illus, figs, tabs
Detailed survey of the varied ways that land vertebrates acquire food. The functional anatomy and the control of the complex and dynamic structural components are discussed along with behaviour.
...the authors provide a wealth of detail and interpretation, producing an indispensable reference for those interested in the feeding biology of amphibians and reptiles. This book provides a greatly expanded update to the influential feeding chapters in Hildebrand et al. ...herpetologists interested in any aspect of feeding will find this book required reading...Students should consider this volume to be required reading. Alan H. Sazitzky for COPEIA (2002) "This volume represents an almost monumental attempt to provide a state-of-the-art review of tetrapod feeding mechanisms and is aimed at informing an audience composed of advanced undergraduates, post-graduates and research scientists." Paul M. Barrett in IBIS (2002) "For those vertebrate palaeobiologists who have a major interest in the evolution of craniodental anatomy, this book is an utter godsend. ...This book provides a huge wealth of information on feeding in most groups of living vertebrates. It is a vitally important and immensely interesting addition to the literature in its own right, but as a tool for furthering palaeobiological research into feedings styles it is a key publication. ...Functional anatomists and biomechanicists such as myself will probably love this book; it is interesting, well-edited, well-written, full of crucially important information for palaeobiologists, and likely to become a success." Ian Jenkins, University of Bristol, UK, in THE PALAEONTOLOGICAL ASSOCATION NEWSLETTER (2001) From the Pre-Publication Reviews: "...I have no doubt that it will become an important resource both for teaching and for future research in vertebrate biology. The book is well conceived and structured to be useful at many different levels - undergraduate, graduate, and as a reference work for researchers in the field. In addition, I believe that this book sets a new standard for work in the entire field of morphology." Elizabeth L. Brainerd, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst "This contribution by Kurt Schwenk is an outstanding one. Not since 1985 has there been a summary volume available. Much has happened in tetrapod feeding since then and Feeding: Form, Function and Evolution in Tetrapod Vertebrates will fill a vast void and be gratefully received by the communities of vertebrate morphology and comparative physiology." G.E. Goslow, Jr., Professor of Biology and Medicine Vicechair, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
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