Marine Mammals, Third Edition: Evolutionary Biology by Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Kit M. Kovacs

By Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Kit M. Kovacs

Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology, 3rd Edition is a succinct, but complete textual content dedicated to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, body structure, and behaviour of marine mammals.

Earlier variations of this precious paintings are thought of required analyzing for all marine biologists considering marine mammals, and this article keeps that culture of excellence with up-to-date citations and a variety of approximately each bankruptcy that incorporates complete colour pictures and distribution maps.

  • Comprehensive, up to date insurance of the biology of all marine mammals
  • Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with habit and ecology
  • Features bankruptcy summaries, extra readings, an appendix, thesaurus and an in depth bibliography
  • Exciting new colour photos and extra distribution maps

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Shaded areas are hypothesized reconstructions of unpreserved bones. From Berta and Ray (1990). of bones that compose the orbital region (Wyss, 1987). In Pteronarctos, the first evidence of the uniquely developed maxilla is seen. In addition, in Pteronarctos the lacrimal is greatly reduced or absent, as it is in the pinnipeds. A shallow pit on the palate between the last premolar and the first molar, seen in Pteronarctos and pinnipeds, is indicative of a reduced shearing capability of the teeth and marks the beginning of a trend toward homodonty.

Group to a southern clade (Phocarctos, Otaria, Arctocephalus, and Arctophoca). ) (Churchill et al. 2014). In addition to the extant fur seal genera Callorhinus and Arctocephalus, several extinct otariids are known. 15) from the late Miocene (11 Ma) of California. It is a small animal characterized by double-rooted cheek teeth and a postcranial skeleton that allies it with other otariids. 16), recently reviewed by Deméré and Berta (2005), is represented by three species: Thalassoleon mexicanus from Cedros Island, Baja California, Mexico, and southern California; T.

Resolution of these conflicts will likely benefit from a detailed exploration of both morphologic and molecular data sets. 4 FURTHER READING AND RESOURCES Relationships among various arctoid carnivores and pinnipeds are reviewed in Flynn and Wesley-Hunt (2005), Nyakatura and Bininda-Emonds (2012). See Berta (1991, 1994) and Barnes (1989, 1992) for stem pinnipedimorphs, Repenning and Tedford (1977) and Churchill et al. (2014) for fossil otariids and Boessenecker and Churchill (2013) walruses, and Muizon (1981) and Koretsky (2001), Koretsky and Ray (2008), and Amson and Muizon (2014) for fossil phocids.

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