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Encyclopedia of marine mammals
Perrin, William F.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxxviii, 1414 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
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QL713.2 .E63 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Combining excellent science with accessible style, the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals is an indispensable resource on the fascinating warm-blooded creatures of the sea. The contributions of more than 200 leading international authorities have made this single volume the guide for studyig the entire range of marine mammals.

Organized alphabetically, more the 280 articles are devoted to wide range of topics -- from the specific behavior and physiology of cetaceans and pinnipeds, to ecology, population biology, human effects and interaction, and research methodology.

Up-to-date, accessible, and scientifically sound, the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals will occupy a central place in any marine science library.

*Complete Species List, featuring both living and extinct mammals;
*Comprehensive Glossary with definitions for more than 1,000 specialized terms;
*Extensive cross-referencing between articles;
*Abundant visual resources -- photographs, line drawings, maps, tables, and figures

Author Notes

Bernd W#65533;rsig, 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 behavior and social strategies, especially as related to human disturbance. He has published and co-published about 180 peer review papers, over 50 popular articles, and 7 books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Biology of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

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. 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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Choice Review

This is an outstanding reference work about marine mammals, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, dugongs, manatees, polar bears, sea otters, marine otters, true seals, sea lions, fur seals, and walruses. Comprehensive in scope, it covers anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and diseases and gives special emphasis to their interaction with human beings in both positive and negative ways. Commercial exploitation (whaling) and climatic changes (global warming) are discussed, and programs intended to protect and conserve these animals (e.g., the International Whaling Commission, the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, and many other international, national, regional, and local efforts) are fully outlined. Signed, peer-reviewed articles were specifically written for this encyclopedia by international experts. Authoritative and up-to-date, this work will be extremely important for scholars/researchers and for general readers interested in the topic. Articles, arranged alphabetically by subject, include introductory paragraphs that define the topic and summarize the content, see references to related articles, and bibliographies. Many illustrations and diagrams accompany the text. Specific subjects can be found easily through the book's table of contents, its list of subject categories, or its detailed index. Added features include brief biographical entries for individuals who have made important contributions to the study of marine mammals, a glossary, and eight pages of colored plates. This encyclopedia adds greatly to the knowledge of marine mammalogy. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries. R. G. Sabin Rice University