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A Dictionary of Zoology [Paperback]

Michael Allaby
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Feb. 22 2009 0199233411 978-0199233410 Third Edition
The most authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of its kind, the bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Zoology contains over 5,250 entries. Covering all aspects of the study of animals, it includes terms from the areas of ecology, animal behaviour, evolution, earth history, zoogeography, genetics, and physiology. It provides full taxonomic coverage of arthropods, other invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

Fully revised and updated, this third edition includes newentries from the areas of behavioural ecology and conservation biology, as well as expanded coverage of cytology and numerous new illustrations. This edition contains many entry-level recommended web links, which are accessible via the Dictionary of Zoology companion website and provide valuable extra information. Detailed appendices include information on endangered animals, the universal genetic code, the geologic time scale, and SI units.

Wide-ranging and with jargon-free definitions,this dictionary is an indispensable reference tool for students and teachers of zoology, biological sciences and biomedical sciences, and a valuable resource for naturalists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Zoology Dictionary Review Sept. 23 2003
Very helpful. Has every word you could think of that has to do with zoology. Also, it includes species and genus names and tells what the different parts of the words mean in Greek or Latin which is VERY helpful for those trying to memorize names.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zoology Dictionary Review Sept. 23 2003
By "birdlover04" - Published on Amazon.com
Very helpful. Has every word you could think of that has to do with zoology. Also, it includes species and genus names and tells what the different parts of the words mean in Greek or Latin which is VERY helpful for those trying to memorize names.
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4.0 out of 5 stars must have for zoo ed May 14 2009
By xenia - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great tool for anyone taking a class or just really interested in anything zoological. It saved me many hours looking up words on the internet. The dictionary of zoology is clear, concise and thorough. I wish i had purchased it sooner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Dictionary of Zoology Jan. 22 2011
By Spider Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
`The Oxford Dictionary of Zoology' as it's name suggests is a dictionary of zoological terms and words. In a basic format it covers a great deal from Aardvark to Zymogenous and it also has a few (and I do a mean a few) diagrams to illustrate more complex entries more clearly. This isn't a glossy, all colour book about zoology, but rather a simple, functional book to be used by zoological students or dedicated amateur naturalists. This also has various chapters at the back covering Endangered Animals, The Universal Genetic Code, Geologic Time-Scale and SI units. This is a clear, well referenced dictionary that should be immensely valuable to students, but of minimal interest to those who have only a passing interest in wildlife or zoology. For these people I would recommend DK's excellent book called `Animal' which is large, glossy, beautifully illustrated and comprehensive.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive "jargon explainer" & "quick lookup" for Serious Biologists July 25 2014
By madbadgalaxyman - Published on Amazon.com
This interesting and unique and Very Comprehensive dictionary of the animal and the protozoan (= eukaryotic microorganisms) world is much more suited to the knowledgable biologist than for the beginner. This is a very serious reference work which will be very useful, at the appropriate readership level.

My Verdict : : 3-and-a-half stars.

Firstly, the Positives:
- terse and very comprehensive, usually with compact one paragraph definitions. If you added together the glossaries of every zoology textbook in existence, and made the entries longer, you would come up with something similar to this dictionary.
- This dictionary is a comprehensive "de-jargonizer" and definer of specialized words used in biological science, because of its truly colossal number of entries.
- comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the specialized jargon and language of zoology
- a high degree of accuracy
- adopts a rigorous and precise classification system for the organisms being discussed. At every taxonomic level, entries generally use the Latin names of animals and groups of animals, resulting in high accuracy for the specialist reader.(conversely, this causes intense frustration for readers with modest biology knowledge)

And Now for the Negatives:
- The explanatory prose in the entries is not always very helpful, unless you have the equivalent of a few units of college and/or university biology under your belt. Some of the entries could do with a good editor to clarify them and make the meaning clearer.
- headings of the entries often use scientific (Linnaean)(taxonomic) names of organisms and groups of organisms instead of the commonly used (= 'popular') names of organisms and groups of organisms, even in those cases where an organism does have a commonly and widely accepted 'popular' name in the English speaking world. This practise will cause constant and intense frustration for the general (non-specialist) reader; so people not conversant with biological classification and the Latin scientific names of organisms will often NOT be able to find the dictionary entry for a particular animal.
- Allaby all too commonly resorts to large quantities of specialized jargon when he is trying to explain the meaning of a specialized word. It is not wise for this dictionary to use large amounts of impenetrable jargon in order to explain the meaning of an already obscure term! This is well illustrated by part of this dictionary's definition of the order Mytiloida:
"(.....)They have a dysodont dentition, the ligament is parivincular and opisthodetic, and the gills are eulamellibranchiate and filibranchiate".

- if you are a beginner in biology, you will find this dictionary too jargon-laden and hard to understand.
- This reference is moderately useful for the knowledgable biology enthusiast and for the experienced amateur biologist.
- the high readership level of this reference implies that it is not suited to school students or lower college-level biology students
- this work really begins to shine as a "quick lookup reference" if the reader already has a significant level of knowledge of biology; so it is very handy for the university student and the upper college-level student.
- For science graduates and for early-career professional zoologists, this dictionary provides an excellent "quick lookup" which explains the meaning of the terms that one finds in the scientific literature.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of text March 14 2012
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping for more charts and illustrations.

More for the professional than the hobbyist. Still, it has the vocabulary if you are reading difficult texts.
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