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Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates: An Evolutionary Perspective Hardcover – Dec 18 2000


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Part I: Background for the Study of Vertebrate Anatomy. 1. Introduction. 2. Phylogenetic Relationships of Chordates and Craniates. 3. Diversity and Phylogenetic History of Craniates. 4. Early Development and Comparative Embryology. 5. Form and Function. Part II: Protection, Support, and Movement. 6. The Integument. 7. The Cranial Skeleton. 8. The Postcranial Skeleton: The Axial Skeleton. 9. The Postcranial Skeleton: The Appendicular Skeleton. 10. The Muscular System. 11. Functional Anatomy of Support and Locomotion. Part III: Integration. 12. The Sense Organs. 13. The Nervous System I: Organization, Spinal Cord, and Peripheral Nerves. 14. The Nervous System II: The Brain. 15. Endocrine Integration. Part IV: Metabolism and Reproduction. 16. The Digestive System: Oral Cavity and Feeding Mechanisms. 17. The Digestive System: Pharynx, Stomach, and Intestine. 18. The Respiratory System. 19. The Circulatory System. 20. The Excretory System and Osmoregulation. 21. The Reproductive System and Reproduction. Part V: Conclusion. 22. Conclusion/Epilogue.

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Warren F. Walker, Jr., is Emeritus Professor at Oberlin College, where he taught for 38 years after taking a Harvard doctorate. Well known for his articles on reptile anatomy and locomotion, Dr. Walker is the author of seven laboratory manuals and textbooks published in over 30 editions and in several translations. In addition to being the coauthor of Vertebrate Dissection, Dr. Walker is also coauthor of the Brooks/Cole title FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF THE VERTEBRATES, Third Edition by Liem/Bemis/Walker/Grande.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Anatomy of a textbook Nov. 9 2006
By Mike C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Students already familiar with vertebrate anatomy will probably find this a useful reference, however students who are learning about vertebrate anatomy for the first time will likely be a bit frustrated with the book. Often, long wordy paragraphs describe structures rather than having an emphasis on diagrams. Material and terminology is frequently introduced without stating function or relevance until later on. Diagrams are only in a few different colors and usually lack spatial depth, which I personally found difficult for understanding the 3 dimensional layout of many oddly shaped structures. There are no photographs making identification of real life structures a bit of a challenge. There is also the occasional mislabeled diagram, but those are likely being remedied in the next edition.

I'm a bit disappointed at the organization of this book and it's emphasis on descriptions via text, however it is useful once you gain a good understanding of the material. The text goes into a nice amount of detail and covers a lot of material. However, if I had a choice of textbooks to use form my anatomy course, I would likely look at something else.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and clear July 13 2007
By Curt Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is well-organized and clearly written, and includes some truly fascinating revelations about the vertebrates, especially relating to biomechanics. It is, however, really too encyclopedic for undergraduates to read cover to cover. As a supplement to a lecture course, I find it excellent; if the lecturer expects students to learn most of the material from the text alone, they are in for a difficult time. The main difficulty is that the most important material is not necessarily emphasized in the text, so that the instructor using this text must be clear about what main points students need. As a reference for further study after class, and to look up things not understood the first time, this book is great. As a primary teaching tool with no outline or emphasis to guide study, there is simply far too much information for a one-semester undergraduate course.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Intensive Information Sept. 25 2010
By LostinWyoming - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well written book that helps take the reader through the evolutionary history of vertebrates. Figures are no longer completely up to date with the latest research, but still a quality reference book. Be ready to be bogged down with details.
great book June 21 2014
By Ginika Uzochukwu - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is easy to read and understand. my teachersnd classmates love it. though it is on the heavy side, then again most college books are.
Four Stars Nov. 2 2014
By Jiang Z. - Published on Amazon.com
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useful for teaching


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