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Animals without Backbones : New Plan Texts at the University of Chicago - Ralph Buchsbaum

Animals without Backbones

New Plan Texts at the University of Chicago

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Published: 1st March 1987
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"Animals Without Backbones" has been considered a classic among biology textbooks since it was first published to great acclaim in 1938. It was the first biology textbook ever reviewed by "Time" and was also featured with illustrations in "Life," Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and more than eighty other colleges and universities adopted it for use in courses. Since then, its clear explanations and ample illustrations have continued to introduce hundreds of thousands of students and general readers around the world to jellyfishes, corals, flatworms, squids, starfishes, spiders, grasshoppers, and the other invertebrates that make up ninety-seven percent of the animal kingdom.
This new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned, but it retains the same clarity and careful scholarship that have earned this book its continuing readership for half a century. It is even more lavishly illustrated than earlier editions, incorporating many new drawings and photographs. Informative, concise legends that form an integral part of the text accompany the illustrations. The text has been updated to include findings from recent research. Eschewing pure morphology, the authors use each group of animals to introduce one or more biological principles.
In recent decades, courses and texts on invertebrate zoology at many universities have been available only for advanced biology majors specializing in this area. The Third Edition of "Animals Without Backbones" remains an ideal introduction to invertebrates for lower-level biology majors, nonmajors, students in paleontology and other related fields, junior college and advanced high school students, and the general reader whopursues the rewarding study of the natural world.

"If you had told the ten-year-old me that Animals without Backbones was a classic biology textbook, I would never have picked it up. I struggled to, anyway: the decades-old dog-eared copy that I found at the back of my dad's bookcase had a loose monochrome cover that always wanted to come off in my hands. This was a link to his world as a scientist, and to what he did all day. (Actually, he was a research chemist, but what did I know.) More, the book was a glimpse of a world just as alien as those in the pages of my 2000 AD comic, peopled with warlocks and genetic infantrymen. The pictures looked hand-drawn, and showed features on the outside of the creatures as well as their inner structures. I studied those pages and copied the drawings--the stunning representation of the Hydra especially--into my sketch pad, next to Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd. 2000 AD later published one of those drawings, but it was the fantastic stories of the true, hidden world of invertebrates that really fired my imagination."--David Adam "Nature " If you had told the ten-year-old me that Animals without Backbones was a classic biology textbook, I would never have picked it up. I struggled to, anyway: the decades-old dog-eared copy that I found at the back of my dad's bookcase had a loose monochrome cover that always wanted to come off in my hands. This was a link to his world as a scientist, and to what he did all day. (Actually, he was a research chemist, but what did I know.) More, the book was a glimpse of a world just as alien as those in the pages of my 2000 AD comic, peopled with warlocks and genetic infantrymen. The pictures looked hand-drawn, and showed features on the outside of the creatures as well as their inner structures. I studied those pages and copied the drawings the stunning representation of the Hydra especially into my sketch pad, next to Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd. 2000 AD later published one of those drawings, but it was the fantastic stories of the true, hidden world of invertebrates that really fired my imagination. --David Adam "Nature ""

Preface
Introduction: Sorting Out Living Things
Life Activities
Simple and Complex Protozoans
Variations on a One-Celled Theme
A Side Issue: Sponges
Two Layers of Cells
Stinging-Celled Animals
Comb Jellies
Three Layers of Cells
New Parts from Old
Messmates and Parasites
One-Way Traffic: Proboscis Worms
Roundworms
Lesser Lights
Soft-Bodied Animals
Segmented Worms
Lobsters and Other Arthropods: Crustaceans
Arthropods on Land: Arachnids
Airborne Anthropods: Insects
Annelid-Arthropod Allies
Spiny-Skinned Animals
Chordate Beginnings
Records of the Invertebrate Past
Invertebrate Relationships
Further Knowledge
Selected Bibliography
Appendix: Classification
Index
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ISBN: 9780226078748
ISBN-10: 0226078744
Series: New Plan Texts at the University of Chicago
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 582
Published: 1st March 1987
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.2
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised