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Whales and dolphins : behavior, biology, and distribution / Craig A. Murray, editor

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Murray, Craig A  Search this
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xi, 156 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 cm
Preface -- Chapter 1: Cenozoic environmental changes and evolution of baleen whales / Michaelangelo Bisconti -- Chapter 2: Whales and climate change / Mark J Spalding -- Chapter 3: Ecological and evolutionary divergence in whales and dolphins / Andrew D Foote, M Thomas, P Gilbert and Jennifer A Jackson -- Chapter 4: Why we should care about the parasite fauna of cetaceans: a plea for integrative studies / FJ Aznar, M Fernandez and JA Balbuena -- Chapter 5: More than just old bones: the fossil record informs us about homology, and convergences of anatomy, physiology and behavior in the cetacea otherwise unknown from modern animals / Brian Lee Beatty and Alton C Dooley, Jr -- Chapter 6: Differences between solitary and group time budget in the estuarine dolphin (Sotalia Guianensis) at Northeastern-Brazil / Carolina Heredia Tosi and Renata Goncalves Ferreira -- Index
From the Preface: The biology of cetaceans is one of the most compelling areas of research because of the extreme adaptations whales and dolphins have had to undergo in order to manage a life in the water. The fossil record of cetaceans is rich, and though much attention had been given to the origins of whales from terrestrial artiodactyls, it is important to realize that the biology, physiology, and behavior of modern cetaceans has not remained unchanged since this initial transition to being aquatic. This book discusses and presents new data on the behavior and biology of whales and dolphins including: the cenozoic environmental changes and evolution of baleen whales, the ecological and evolutionary divergence in whales and dolphins, the parasite fauna of cetaceans, and others.
Cetacea  Search this
Whales--Behavior  Search this
Dolphins--Behavior  Search this
Whales--Geographical distribution  Search this
Dolphins--Geographical distribution  Search this
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