Structures and Functions

Seth M. Kisia: Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, University of Nairobi, Kenya
ISBN 978-1-57808-606-1/ April 2010/ 554 pages, pb/ US $ 99.95

About the Book

The book describes the diversity of various vertebrate groups (ranging from the oldest living fishes to the relatively more recent groups to evolve such as mammals) and their features. The various chapters in the book deal with the structures of body systems including organs and tissues, as well as their functions and how they differ in various vertebrate groups. Evolution of vertebrate groups from the earliest extinct ancestors to the living vertebrates has been covered as well as related groups that are now extinct. Illustrations have been included to clarify various issues to the reader. Features that enable vertebrates to adapt to aquatic and terrestrial environments they inhabit have been discussed. The book should serve as a text for students of vertebrate morphology.

General Introduction to the Study of Vertebrates
Diversity, Distribution and Characteristics of Vertebrates
Organization of the Vertebrate Body
Skeletal System
Muscular System
Nutrition and Digestion
Respiratory System
Reproduction and Early Developmental Biology
Circulatory System
Nervous System and Endocrine Organs
Sense Organs
Excretion and Osmoregulation
Evolution of Vertebrates
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