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Animals Without Backbones

By: Ralph Buchsbaum(Author), Mildred Buchsbaum(Author), John Pearse(Author), Vicki Pearse(Author)

572 pages, 554 b/w photos, illus, tabs

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Jul 1987 | Edition: 3 | #2431 | ISBN: 0226078744
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Hardback | Dec 1987 | Edition: 3 | #2430 | ISBN: 0226078736
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Animals Without Backbones has been considered a classic among biology textbooks since it was first published to great acclaim in 1938. It was the first biology textbook ever reviewed by Time and was also featured with illustrations in Life. Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and more than eighty other colleges and universities adopted it for use in courses. Since then, its clear explanations and ample illustrations have continued to introduce hundreds of thousands of students and general readers around the world to jellyfishes, corals, flatworms, squids, starfishes, spiders, grasshoppers, and the other invertebrates that make up ninety-seven percent of the animal kingdom.

This new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned, but it retains the same clarity and careful scholarship that have earned Animals Without Backbones its continuing readership for half a century. It is even more lavishly illustrated than earlier editions, incorporating many new drawings and photographs. Informative, concise legends that form an integral part of the text accompany the illustrations. The text has been updated to include findings from recent research. Eschewing pure morphology, the authors use each group of animals to introduce one or more biological principles.

In recent decades, courses and texts on invertebrate zoology at many universities have been available only for advanced biology majors specializing in this area. The Third Edition of Animals Without Backbones remains an ideal introduction to invertebrates for lower-level biology majors, nonmajors, students in paleontology and other related fields, junior college and advanced high school students, and the general reader who pursues the rewarding study of the natural world.



1. Introduction: Sorting Out Living Things
2. Life Activities
3. Simple and Complex Protozoans
4. Variations on a One-Celled Theme
5. A Side Issue: Sponges
6. Two Layers of Cells
7. Stinging-Celled Animals
8. Comb Jellies
9. Three Layers of Cells
10. New Parts from Old
11. Messmates and Parasites
12. One-Way Traffic: Proboscis Worms
13. Roundworms
14. Lesser Lights
15. Soft-Bodied Animals
16. Segmented Worms
17. Lobsters and Other Arthropods: Crustaceans
18. Arthropods on Land: Arachnids
19. Airborne Anthropods: Insects
20. Annelid-Arthropod Allies
21. Spiny-Skinned Animals
22. Chordate Beginnings
23. Records of the Invertebrate Past
24. Invertebrate Relationships
25. Further Knowledge

Selected Bibliography
Appendix: Classification

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