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Refined in detail through three editions, the manual's outstanding features include: an explanation of keys and how to use them; the inclusion of keys designed to identify by order or family extant mammals of the world; special sections containing comments and suggestions on identification; information on working with map coordinates and global positioning receivers; coverage of the use of computer programs to get estimates of home-range size and characteristics; and ideas for locating reliable, authoritative literature on mammals. A section on techniques for studying mammals in the field and in the laboratory rounds out this student-friendly learning tool. Beautifully wrought illustrations and diagrams accurately portray visual details of mammal groups or characteristics that are unavailable to study in person. Moreover, well-designed laboratory exercises provide opportunities to apply knowledge and master understanding.
Table of Contents Introduction / The Skull / Teeth / The Integument / Horns and Antlers / The Postcranial Skeleton / Locomotor Adaptations / Keys and Keying / The Orders of Living Mammals / The Monotremes / The Marsupials / The Insectivores / The Colugos / The Bats / The Tupaiids / The Primates / The Xenarthrans: Anteaters, Armadillos, and Sloths / The Pangolins / The Carnivores / The Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises / The Macroscelideans / The Rabbits, Hares, and Pikas / The Rodents / The Aardvark / The Subungulates / The Perissodactyls / The Artiodactyls / Sign and Habitat Analysis / Recording Data / Collecting / Specimen Preparation and Preservation / Collecting Ectoparasites of Mammals / Age Determination / Diet Analysis / Analysis of Spatial Distribution / Estimation of Abundance and Density / Literature Research