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Title:
Vertebrates
Author:
Petersen, Christine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A close look at past and present vertebrates, including fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531120200
Format :
Book

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With more than 1.5 million species, or unique types of organisms, known to exist on Earth, our planet's biodiversity is truly remarkable--and vertebrates may be the most remarkable species of all. But what exactly are vertebrates? How are they classified? Where did they came from? Vertebrates answers these questions and more, spanning biology, anatomy, evolution, geology, and natural science to provides students with a broad-based understanding of the creatures that form the backbone of the Earth.


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Gr. 6^-12. An experienced researcher in biology and ecology offers informative overviews of these two animal classifications. The books open with a chapter about taxonomy. Succeeding chapters compare adaptations and lifestyles of various animals within specific groups. Invertebrates deals with crustaceans, echinoderms, insects, jellies, mollusks, sponges, and worms. Vertebrates covers amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. The texts are concisely written, logically organized, and relatively free of scientific jargon, and Petersen never talks down to her readers. Frequent subject headings within each chapter give faster access to specific topics, words italicized in the text are redefined in an excellent glossary, and boxed insets in each chapter provide a few paragraphs of further information on a particular topic. Captioned black-and-white photographs effectively supplement the texts, though including some color photos would have made the books more appealing. Unfortunately, the binding is so tight that some text is lost in the gutter. Suggestions for further reading, a directory of organizations, a list of Web sites for further research, and a thorough subject index add to the resource value of the volumes, which will be fine choices for both public and school library collections. --Ed Sullivan