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Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment

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  • Every chapter updated with new examples and references
  • New emphasis on recent developments in movement and biomechanics
  • Clear colour illustrations and text highlights throughout
  • The definitive text on animal physiology

By: Knut Schmidt-Nielsen(Author)

607 pages, 40 b/w photos, 308 b/w illustrations, 200 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 1997 | Edition: 5 | #61200 | ISBN: 0521570980
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How do dolphins catch fish in murky water? Why do moths drink from puddles? How do birds' eggs breathe? How do animals work? In this revised and updated edition of the acclaimed text Animal Physiology, the answers are revealed. In clear and stimulating style, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen introduces and develops the fundamental principles of animal physiology according to major environmental features – oxygen, food and energy, temperature, and water. The structure of Animal Physiology is unchanged from the previous edition, but every chapter has been updated to take into account recent developments, with numerous new references and figures. Animal Physiology is suitable as a text for undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in physiology. As with previous editions, students, teachers as well as researchers will find Animal Physiology a valuable and enjoyable companion to course work and research.

"[...] highly acclaimed undergraduate textbook."
– Nature

"[...] a delight to read [...] a superb text."
– American Scientist

"[...] excellent and interesting reading [...] It should be seriously considered as a principal textbook by teachers of comparative and environmental physiology."
– The Quarterly Review of Biology

"[...] an admirable text [...] compulsive reading for the physiologist and ecologist alike."
– The Biologist



Part I. Oxygen
1. Respiration
2. Blood
3. Circulation

Part II. Food and Energy
4. Food and fuel
5. Energy metabolism

Part III. Temperature
6. Temperature effects
7. Temperature regulation

Part IV. Water
8. Water and osmotic regulation
9. Excretion

Part V. Movement, Information, Integration
10. Movement, muscle, biomechanics
11. Control and integration
12. Hormonal control
13. Information and senses


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