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Sensory Evolution on the Threshold : Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates / J. G. M. Hans Thewissen, Sirpa Nummela.

Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (358 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Aquatic animals -- Adaptation.
Aquatic animals -- Sense organs.
Sense organs -- Evolution.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
From crocodiles and penguins to seals and whales, this comprehensive and authoritative synthesis explores the function and evolution of sensory systems in animals whose ancestors lived on land. Together, the contributors explore the dramatic transformation of smell, taste, sight, hearing, balance, mechanoreception, magnetoreception, and electroreception that occurred as lineages of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals returned to aquatic environments. Each chapter integrates data from fields including sensory physiology, anatomy, paleontology, and neurobiology. A one-stop source for information on the sense organs of secondarily aquatic tetrapods, Sensory Evolution on the Threshold sheds new light on both the evolution of aquatic vertebrates and the sensory biology of their astonishing transition.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Contributors
1 • Introduction: On Becoming Aquatic
2 • The Physics and Biology of Olfaction and Taste
3 • The Chemical Stimulus and Its Detection
4 • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Amphibians
5 • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Nonavian Aquatic Reptiles
6 • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Aquatic Birds
7 • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Chemical Senses in Aquatic Mammals
8 • The Physics of Light in Air and Water
9 • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Vision in Aquatic Tetrapods
10 • Structure and Function of the Retina in Aquatic Tetrapods
11 • The Physics of Sound in Air and Water
12 • Comparative Anatomy and Function of Hearing in Aquatic Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds
13. Hearing in Aquatic Mammals
14 • The Physics and Physiology of Balance
15 • Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Reptiles and Birds
16 • Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Mammals
17 • The Physics and Physiology of Mechanoreception
18 • Mechanoreception in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates
19 • Magnetoreception
20 • Electroreception
21 • Toward an Integrative Approach
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Nummela, Sirpa, editor., Editor,
Thewissen, J. G. M. Hans, editor., Editor,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780520934122
OCLC:
609849999
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520934122 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.