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Description - Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals by William F. Perrin

Marine Mammals are amongst the most charismatic and fascinating creatures on Earth. Both mysterious and fascinating biologically they share a long relationship with man - as creatures of myth, symbolic of the conservation movement and objects of commerce and exploitation and the worst that man can do. This thorough revision of the classic first edition brings this authoritative book right up to date. Articles describe both every species in detail, based on the very latest taxonomy, and a host of biological, ecological and sociological aspects relating to marine mammals. The latest information on the biology, ecology, anatomy, behaviour and interactions with man is provided by a cast of expert authors - all presented in such detail and clarity as to satisfy the research worker and the serious naturalist. Fully referenced throughout and with a fresh selection of the best color photographs available the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals remains at the forefront as an indispensable reference. * Over 200 articles deal with individual species-and with topics ranging from anatomy and behaviour, to conservation, exploitation and the impact of global climate change on marine mammals.* Improves on the acclaimed first edition with new and revised chapters, and better cross referencing, glossary and Index * New Illustrations in colour show every species and document the topical articles From reviews of the first edition ".this book is so good ...a bargain, full of riches .. packed with fascinating up to date information ...I recommend it unreservedly it to individuals, students, and researchers, as well as libraries". - Richard M Laws, Marine Mammal Science. "This timely encyclopedia establishes a solid and satisfying foundation for current study and future exploration" Ronald J. Shusterman, Science

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780123735539
ISBN-10: 012373553X
Format: Hardback
(276mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 1352
Imprint: Academic Press Inc
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William F. Perrin

Bernd Wursig, his students, and postdocs have studied marine mammals and sea birds on all continents, with present work mainly on dusky dolphins in diverse habitats of New Zealand, and beleaguered Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins of Hong Kong. His specialties are questions of behavior and social strategies, especially as related to human disturbance. He has published and co-published about 190 peer review papers and book chapters, 55 popular articles, and 8 books. The most recent book is "Dusky Dolphins; Master Acrobats off Different Shores" (with Melany Wursig, 2010, Academic/Elsevier). He is a past-president of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and was the inaugural chair of the Texas A&M Marine Biology Graduate Program. He is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M. Bernd and Melany enjoy their natural gardens in New Zealand, the Arizona desert, and coastal south Texas, three marvelously-different biomes. J. G. M. 'Hans' Thewissen studies the evolution, anatomy and embryology of marine mammals, and has traveled the world to study fossil and living whales. Working in Pakistan and India, he discovered some of the earliest, amphibious, cetaceans and sirenians. His work with the sense organs of modern whales explores the impact of global change on marine mammal populations. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, nine of which in the prestigious journals Science and Nature. A native of the Netherlands, he holds degrees in biology and geology from the University of Utrecht and the University of Michigan and teaches anatomy and embryology to medical students at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He also has appointments at Kent State University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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