Anatomy of Dolphins

Anatomy of Dolphins : Insights into Body Structure and Function

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The Anatomy of Dolphins: Insights into Body Structure and Function is a precise, detailed, fully illustrated, descriptive, and functionally oriented text on the anatomy and morphology of dolphins. It focuses on a number of delphinid species, with keynotes on important dolphin-like genera, such as the harbor porpoise. It also serves as a useful complement for expanding trends and emphases in molecular biology and genetics.

The authors share their life-long expertise on marine mammals in various disciplines. Written as a team rather than being prepared as a collection of separate contributions, the result is a uniform and comprehensive style, giving each of the different topics appropriate space. Many color figures, which use the authors' access to wide collections of unique dolphin and whale material, round out this exceptional offering to the field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 25.4mm | 1,430g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0124072291
  • 9780124072299
  • 532,229

Table of contents


Natural history and relationships of dolphins: short history of dolphin anatomical research

General appearance and hydrodynamics (including skin anatomy)

Locomotion (including osteology and myology)

Diving (breathing, respiration and circulatory system)

Head and senses (including nervous system, and communication mechanisms)

Inner body control

Feeding and digestive system

Genital systems, reproduction and development

Urinary system and water balance

Neurobiology and evolution of dolphins
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Review Text

" excellent guide to dolphin anatomy, with a foray into general physiology and outstanding resource for anyone interested in cetacean biology."-- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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" excellent guide to dolphin anatomy, with a foray into general physiology and outstanding resource for anyone interested in cetacean biology."--Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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About Bruno Cozzi

Bruno Cozzi obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Med.Vet.) with honors in 1980 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) and his Ph.D. degree in 1993 from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). In 1999 he was appointed full professor of veterinary anatomy at the University of Padova (Italy). His scientific production is focused mainly on comparative neuroendocrinology and neuroanatomy of large domestic herbivores, marine mammals, and man. In 2002 he founded the Mediterranean marine mammal tissue Bank. Stefan Huggenberger studied in Cologne (Germany) and graduated with the diploma in Biology on morphological aspects of the harbor porpoise population in the Baltic Sea. Since 1999, he performed research on the echolocation system of toothed whales (Ph.D. in Biology). Next to several scientific articles he published chapters in German text books about whales and dolphins illustrated with high-quality graphic work. Current scientific projects focus on the neuroanatomy, and physiology of the auditory system in amphibians, rodents, and particularly toothed whales. In 2010, Dr. Huggenberger organized a marine mammal morphology workshop in Stralsund (Germany) which was the intellectual starting line of this book on The Anatomy of Dolphins. Helmut Oelschlager (Dr.rer.nat.) is a senior lecturer, senior scientist and professor in human anatomy. After studying biology and chemistry in Tubingen (Germany) he made his Ph.D. and habilitation in Frankfurt am Main. He received several scientific awards and organized two marine mammal workshops (Kyoto and Tokyo 2000, Frankfurt 2001). Prof. Oelschlager is an experienced morphologist and neurobiologist and received numerous grants. Scientific topics are: the terminal nerve, magnetic orientation in mammals and the structure of the mammalian head and nervous system (sensory organs, brainstem, neocortex, ontogenetic development). His main focus lies on the comparative neurobiology and the evolution of whales and dolphins.
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