2015, English, Book, Illustrated edition: Biology and evolution of crocodylians / Gordon Grigg and David Kirshner. Grigg, Gordon C. (Gordon Clifford), (author.)

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Biology and evolution of crocodylians / Text by Gordon Grigg; Illustrations by David Kirshner ; Foreword by Rick Shine
 
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Physical Description
  • 1 online resource (671 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Published
  • Collingwood, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, 2015.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Biology and evolution of crocodylians /​ Gordon Grigg and David Kirshner.
Author
  • Grigg, Gordon C. (Gordon Clifford), (author.)
Other Authors
  • Kirshner, David, (illustrator.)
Published
  • Collingwood, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, 2015.
Content Types
  • text
Carrier Types
  • online resource
Physical Description
  • 1 online resource (671 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Subjects
Summary
  • An accessible and highly illustrated summary of current knowledge about the world's largest and most famous living reptiles.
Contents
  • Cover ; Contents; FOREWORD; PREFACE; ACKNOW LEDGEMENTS; 1 INTRODUCTION; Introducing crocodylians; The three 'families': Crocodylidae, Alligatoridae and Gavialidae; Differences between crocodylids, alligatorids and gharials; Terminology; The living species ofcrocodylians; Recent taxonomic changes in African Crocodiles; The growth of scientific knowledge about crocodylians; Beginnings; More recent research; Crocodylians as research subjects; Body size and age; Crocodylians large and small; Relationships between length and mass; How long do crocodylians live?; 2 THE CROCODYLIAN FAMILY TREE.
  • The modern crocodylians and their relationshipsExtant Crocodylia; Affinities between species within Crocodylidae; Affinities between species within Alligatoridae; The affinity of the Malay or false Gharial, Tomistoma schlegelii; Extinct Crocodylia and other crocodile-like reptiles; crocs in 'deep time'; Amniotes, synapsids, reptiles, anapsids and diapsids; The earliest 'Archosaurs', Archosauriformes; Archosaurs; two major clades, Crurotarsi (Pseudosuchia) and Avemetatarsalia (Ornithodira); Crurotarsan diversification in the early Triassic: the earliest crocodile-like reptiles.
  • Basal crocodylomorphsCrocodyliformes (excluding Eusuchia); Non-eusuchian Mesoeucrocodylia; Bernissartia and extinct Eusuchia (including extinct Crocodylia); Summary; 3 CROCODYLIANS CLOSER UP; The external features of crocodylians; Body and limbs; Skin and scales; Skin colour; Bony armour; Head; Teeth; Integumentary sense organs (ISOs); Skin glands; Skull and musculoskeletal system; Skull and jaws; Opening and closing the jaws; Vertebrae and vertebral column; Neck: supporting a heavy head; Trunk musculature: analogy with an I-beam; Trunk: ribs and gastralia; Tail: the crocodylian propeller.
  • Forelimbs and pectoral girdleHindlimbs and pelvic girdle; 4 LOCOMOTION, BUOYANCY AND TRAVEL; Crocodylians on land; Gaits on land; Crocodylians in the water; Typical postures at rest in water; Swimming; Jumping and 'tail walking'; Diving; Bottom walking; Surfacing to breathe; Head and tail lift; Buoyancy; Behaviours that depend on good buoyancy control; Mechanisms of buoyancy regulation; Stomach stones(gastroliths); The search for a function; What function could the stones serve?; Capacity for long distance travel; 5 SENSORY SKILLS AND BRAIN; Vision.
  • Operational aspects, binocularity, vision underwaterAnatomy of the eye; Retinal cells, pigments, colour vision; Night vision, the tapetum lucidum; Hearing, movement and balance; Functional anatomy of the ears and associated sense organs; Hearing sensitivity in air and water in the human audible range; Sub-audible vibrations, infrasound: possible role of the sacculus; Magnetoreception? Possible role of the lagena; Eustachian tubes: for diving and/​or sensing direction of sound, or infrasound?; Brain and cranial nerves; Olfaction and gustation(chemosensation); Olfaction (smell)
  • Gustation (taste)
Notes
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Form
  • Print version Grigg, Gordon Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing,c2015 9781486300662
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 9781486300679
  • 1486300677
  • 9781486300686
  • 1486300685
Dewey Number
  • 597.98
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