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Animal Biology Books for College, University Students, Physiology Book

Animal Biology Books for College, University Students1. Animal Physiology by Richard W. Hill, Gordon A. Wyse, Margaret Anderson, Hardcover: 770 pages, Publisher: Sinauer Associates
Animal Physiology presents all the branches of modern animal physiology with a strong emphasis on integration among physiological disciplines, ecology, and evolutionary biology. The book takes an entirely fresh approach to each topic. Its full-color illustrations include many novel, visually effective features to help students learn. Each of the 28 chapters starts with a brief animal example to engage student interest and demonstrate the value of the material that will be learned. The book includes five entire chapters that apply students' newfound physiological knowledge to curiosity-provoking and important topics, including diving by marine mammals, the mechanisms of navigation, and use/disuse effects in muscle. The book is committed to a comparative approach throughout. The opening three chapters provide background material on physiological basics, cell-molecular concepts, transport of solutes and water, ecology, and evolutionary biology. The remaining chapters are organized into five sections: Food, Energy, and Temperature; Integrating Systems; Muscle and Movement; Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Internal Transport; Water, Salts, and Excretion.

2. Animal Physiology : Adaptation and Environment by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Hardcover: 607 pages, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In this revised, updated, two-color edition of the acclaimed text Animal Physiology, 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 book is structured the same as the previous edition, but every chapter has been updated to take into account recent developments, with numerous new references and figures. New and expanded features include: extensive modifications to the chapter on Movement, Muscle and Biomechanics; new material on respiratory pigments; feeding and digestion in shrimp and hoatzin; plant defense compounds; diving in seals; high temperature tolerance; the patch clamp method for ion channel research; the pineal gland and melatonin. Two-color throughout for clear description and illustration of fundamental principles.

3. Invertebrate Zoology : A Functional Evolutionary Approach by Edward E. Ruppert, Richard S. Fox, Robert D. Barnes, Hardcover: 1008 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
Ruppert/Barnes' best-selling introduction to the biology of invertebrates is highly regarded for its accuracy and strong research base. This thorough revision provides a survey by animal group, emphasizing evolutionary origins, adaptive morphology and physiology, while covering anatomical ground plans and basic developmental patterns. New co-author Richard Fox brings to the revision his expertise as an ecologist, offering a good balance to Ruppert's background as a functional morphologist. Lavish illustrations and extensive citations make the book extremely valuable as a teaching tool and reference source..

4. Invertebrates by Richard C. Brusca, Gary J. Brusca, Nancy Haver, Hardcover: 936 pages, Publisher: Sinauer Associates
This edition presents a modern survey of the 34 animal phyla (plus the Protista) and serves as both a college course text and a reference on invertebrate biology. Thorough and up-to-date, it is organized around the themes of bauplans (body plans) and evolution (phylogenetics). Each phylum is organized in a standardized fashion, treating the systematics, bauplan (support and movement, feeding and digestion, circulation and gas exchange, excretion and osmoregulation, nervous system, reproduction and development), and phylogeny. Detailed classifications, phylogenetic trees, and references for all phyla are provided. Tables summarize each phylum's defining attributes. The text is accompanied by an abundance of detailed line drawings and new to this edition, color photographs.

5. Mammalogy by Terry A. Vaughan, James M. Ryan, Hardcover: 672 pages, Brooks Cole
The biology of mammals is viewed from a broad range of perspectives, making it useful to instructors with contrasting approaches to the subject. Based on the extensive studies of researchers, mammalogy holds the interest of students, while maintaining the respect of the members of the scholarly community of mammalogists. The topics covered were chosen as the most important, interesting, and essential to the understanding of mammals.

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