Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution 7/e
作者：Kenneth V. Kardong
This one-semester text is designed for an upper-level majors course. Vertebrates features a unique emphasis on function and evolution of vertebrates, complete anatomical detail, and excellent pedagogy. Vertebrate groups are organized phylogenetically, and their systems discussed within such a context. Morphology is foremost, but the author has developed and integrated an understanding of function and evolution into the discussion of anatomy of the various systems.
New fossil finds, modern experimental research, and new phylogenies continue to enrich vertebrate biology, sometimes solving old questions or surprising us with a new understanding of how vertebrates function and how they evolved. Much of this is added to this edition.
Shark Skin In addition to favorably affecting fluid flow across their surface, shark placiod scales also bristle, lift up, when boundary layer separation begins to occur to reduce its effects. This newly discovered feature of shark skin is now also included in Chapter 6.
New figures are used, along with new text, to show modern tools of the trade, insights from new fossils, dinosaur respiration, and cardiovascular shunting.
Cross references direct students to other areas of the text where they can refresh their understanding or clarify an unfamiliar subject.
Important literature is cited at the end of each chapter, and Web links connect them to further references and resources.
A glossary of definitions is included at the end of the book with appendices covering vector algebra, International System of Units, common Greek and Latin combining forms, and classification of the chordates.
The use of color has been expanded, which brightens the presentation of the book. Color has also been used to better correlate and compare structures between figures in these chapters.
Table of Contents
2 Origin of Chordates
3 The Vertebrate Story
4 Biological Design
5 Life History
7 Skeletal System: The Skull
8 Skeletal System: The Axial Skeleton
9 Skeletal System: The Appendicular Skeleton
10 The Muscular System
11 The Respiratory System
12 The Circulatory System
13 The Digestive System
14 The Urogenital System
15 The Endocrine System
16 The Nervous System
17 Sensory Organs
Kenneth V. Kardong, Washington State University