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An Introduction to Zoology: Investigating the Animal World


By: Joseph T Springer(Author), Dennis Holley(Author)

614 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour tables

Jones & Bartlett

Hardback | Feb 2012 | #223010 | ISBN-13: 9781449648916
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Written for the one-term, undergraduate course, An Introduction to Zoology: Investigating the Animal World provides students with an accessible and engaging look at the fundamentals of zoology. This student-friendly text is driven by the underlying concepts of zoology rather than the memorization of terminology from the field. The authors take care to write in a style students can relate to as to not overwhelm them with encyclopedic passages. They go on to include Connects sections at the end of each chapter which discuss how the animals in the chapter connect to students from and economic, ecologic, medical, and cultural perspective, to emphasize how the animal world and the human realm are intimately intertwined.

End-of-chapter questions are included for each chapter however, these questions are anything but the standard review questions one finds at chapter end in most science textbooks. In An Introduction to Zoology: Investigating the Animal World students will find questions at the end of each chapter that challenge their ability to think critically and creatively and aid the development of their science process skills (communication, formulating hypotheses, experimental design and so on).


Chapter  1  Zoology: Investigating the Animal World
Chapter  2  Ecology of Animals: Populations and Communities
Chapter  3  Ecology of Animals: Ecosystems and Biomes
Chapter  4  The Animal Body: Matters of Form and Behavior
Chapter  5  Phylogeny and Taxonomy: Questions of Origins and Organization
Chapter  6  Phylum Porifera: Exploring Sponges
Chapter  7  Phylum Cnidaria and Phylum Ctenophora: A Radial Existence
Chapter  8  Phylum Platyhelminthes and Phylum Nemertea: The Acoelomate Body Plan
Chapter  9  Pseudocoelomates: The Rise of Hollowness
Chapter  10  Phylum Annelida: Masters of Coeloms and Segments
Chapter  11  Phylum Mollusca: A Scheme of Shells and Tentacles
Chapter  12  Phylum Arthropoda: Sovereigns of the Terran Empire
Chapter  13  Phylum Echinodermata: Bizarre Benthic Beings
Chapter  14  Phylum Hemichordata and Phylum Chordata: The Backbone Arises
Chapter  15  Fishes: Monarchs of an Ancient Realm
Chapter  16  Amphibians: Between Two Worlds
Chapter  17  Reptiles: Shattered Remains
Chapter  18  Birds: Lords of the Air
Chapter  19  Mammals: The Magnificent Hairy Ones
Chapter  20  The Human Condition: Rise of the Cultural Ape

Appendix  A  Scientific Writing
Appendix  B  Charting the Patterns of Evolution

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