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Vertebrate BiologyVertebrate Biology, third edition

Donald W. Linzey

The most trusted and best-selling textbook on the diverse forms and fascinating lives of vertebrate animals. Covering crucial topics from morphology and behavior to ecology and zoogeography, Donald Linzey's popular textbook, Vertebrate Biology, has long been recognized as the most comprehensive and readable resource on vertebrates for students and educators. 

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Shark Biology and ConservationShark Biology and Conservation: Essentials for Educators, Students, and Enthusiasts

Daniel C. Abel and R. Dean Grubbs
with contributions from Tristan Guttridge

Studies of shark biology have flourished over the last several decades. An explosion of new research methods is leading to a fascinating era of oceanic discovery. Shark Biology and Conservation is an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the diversity, evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, anatomy, and conservation of sharks. 

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MammalogyMammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology, fifth edition

George A. Feldhamer, Joseph F. Merritt, Carey Krajewski, Janet L. Rachlow, and Kelley M. Stewart

Reflecting the expertise and perspective of five leading mammalogists, the fifth edition of Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology significantly updates taxonomy, adds a new introductory chapter on the science of mammalogy, and highlights several recently described species. Maintaining the accessible, readable style for which Feldhamer and his coauthors are well known, this new edition of Mammalogy is the authoritative textbook on this amazingly diverse class of vertebrates.

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Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination

David B. Rivers

Designed as an introduction to the intriguing world of insect biology, this book examines familiar entomological topics in nontraditional ways. Author David B. Rivers gives important concepts relatable context through a pop culture lens, and he covers subjects that are not typical for entomology textbooks, including the impact of insects on the human condition, the sex lives of insects, why insects are phat but not fat, forensic entomology, and the threats that some insects pose to humanity. 

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Walker's MammalsWalker's Mammals of the World: Monotremes, Marsupials, Afrotherians, Xenarthrans, and Sundatherians

Ronald M. Nowak

This Walker’s volume is a completely revised and updated compendium of information on five of the earliest clades to diverge from ancient mammals. Uniquely comprehensive, it incorporates a full account of every genus that has lived in the past 5,000 years. This volume reflects 20 years of advances in taxonomy, ecology, behavior, life history, and conservation. Substantive changes to previously existing generic accounts, plus the addition of 17 new generic accounts, double the information from the last edition.

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Mammalogy Techniques ManualMammalogy Techniques Lab Manual

James M. Ryan

Ideal for any mammalogy or wildlife biology course, this clear and practical guide aids students by getting them outside to study mammals in their natural environments. Twenty comprehensive chapters cover skull and tooth identification, radio and satellite GPS tracking, phylogeny construction, mark and recapture techniques, camera trapping, museum specimen preparation, optimal foraging, and DNA extraction, among other topics. ith more than 60 applied exercises to choose from in this unique manual, students will quickly acquire the scientific skills essential for a career working with mammals.

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Milk: The Biology of Lactation

Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin

In this fascinating book, biologists Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin reveal this liquid’s evolutionary history and show how its ingredients have changed over many millions of years to become a potent elixir. Power and Schulkin walk readers through the early origins of the mammary gland and describe the incredible diversification of milk among the various mammalian lineages.

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Wild Equids

Wild Equids: Ecology, Management, and Conservation

edited by Jason I. Ransom and Petra Kaczensky

The most comprehensive conservation book on wild equids in decades, this title will enlighten not only equid researchers, but also mammalogists, conservationists, and equine professionals. Readers will find new insight into the lives of the world’s horses, zebras, and asses, understand the basis of our relationships with these animals, and develop a greater understanding of where equids come from and why they are worth conserving.

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