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Avian Growth and Development : Evolution within the Altricial-Precocial Spectrum - J. Matthias Starck

Avian Growth and Development

Evolution within the Altricial-Precocial Spectrum

By: J. Matthias Starck (Editor), Robert E. Ricklefs (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1997
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This is the first re-appraisal in 50 years of concepts of development made in birds. This book is a case study in evolutionary diversification of life histories. Although birds have a rather uniform body plan and physiology, they exhibit marked variation in development type, parental care, and rate of growth. Altricial birds are fully dependent on their parents for warmth and nutrition and begin posthatching life in a more or less embryonic condition. At the other extreme, such superprecocial species as the megapodes are independent of all parental care from hatching, and the neonate, able to fly, resembles an adult bird. This book thus attempts to present an integrative perspective of organism biology, ecology, and evolution.

"When eggs hatch, neonatal birds range from naked, blind, highly altricial songbirds, totally dependent on parental warmth and feeding, through highly precocial megapods that use their fully functional beaks, legs, wings, and brains to dig their way out of incubation mounds, and raise themselves with no parental care. . . . In 17 technical chapters by 20 authors, this volume summarizes many current perspectives on the causes and consequences of this diversity, updating Margaret Nice's classic treatment of the field 40 years ago. . . . In a final, appendix-like chapter, the editors list 1117 estimates of a standard set of four avian growth parameters for 557 species, compiled and derived from the literature. They use these data to analyse growth rate patterns at different taxonomic levels in an earlier chapter. I expect others to use these data to test diverse hypotheses for years to come."--The Quarterly Review of Biology "[T]his book should be present on the shelves of every academic library ... This book focuses on patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... The contributions of the editors, who are authors on 9 of the 17 chapters, present many of the freshest ideas and novel analyses that most represent significant advances over previous volumes. Their chapters cover embryonic growth and development, structural variants and invariants in avian development, comparative analyses of and internal constraints on growth, developmental plasticity, models of avian development, and the evolution of avian developmental modes, as well as patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... [T]he thorough coverage of the literature, complete list of citations, and plethora of tables make the book a valuable reference. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature on growth and development and will serve as a standard in its field for years to come."--Auk "When eggs hatch, neonatal birds range from naked, blind, highly altricial songbirds, totally dependent on parental warmth and feeding, through highly precocial megapods that use their fully functional beaks, legs, wings, and brains to dig their way out of incubation mounds, and raise themselves with no parental care. . . . In 17 technical chapters by 20 authors, this volume summarizes many current perspectives on the causes and consequences of this diversity, updating Margaret Nice's classic treatment of the field 40 years ago. . . . In a final, appendix-like chapter, the editors list 1117 estimates of a standard set of four avian growth parameters for 557 species, compiled and derived from the literature. They use these data to analyse growth rate patterns at different taxonomic levels in an earlier chapter. I expect others to use these data to test diverse hypotheses for years to come."--The Quarterly Review of Biology "[T]his book should be present on the shelves of every academic library ... This book focuses on patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... The contributions of the editors, who are authors on 9 of the 17 chapters, present many of the freshest ideas and novel analyses that most represent significant advances over previous volumes. Their chapters cover embryonic growth and development, structural variants and invariants in avian development, comparative analyses of and internal constraints on growth, developmental plasticity, models of avian development, and the evolution of avian developmental modes, as well as patterns of development throughout the altricial-precocial spectrum. ... [T]he thorough coverage of the literature, complete list of citations, and plethora of tables make the book a valuable reference. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature on growth and development and will serve as a standard in its field for years to come."--Auk

Contributors 1: J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Patterns of Development: The Altricial-Precocial Spectrum 2: Robert E. Ricklefs and J. Matthias Starck: Embryonic Growth and Development 3: J. Matthias Starck: Structural Variants and Invariants in Avian Embryonic and Postnatal Development 4: Carl M. Vleck and Theresa L. Bucher: Energy Metabolism, Gas Exhchange, and Ventilation 5: G. Henk Visser: Development of Temperature Regulation 6: Esa Hohtola and Henk Visser: Development of Locomotion and Endothermy in Altricial and Precocial Birds 7: F. M. Anne McNabb, Colin G. Scanes, and Michal Zeman: The Endocrine System 8: Victor Apanius: The Immune System 9: Heinz Dúttmann, H. Heiner Bergmann, and Wiltraud Engländer: Development of Behavior 10: J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Variation, Constraint, and Phylogeny. Comparative Analysis of Variation in Growth 11: Robert E. Ricklefs, J. Matthias Starck, and Marek Knoarzewski: Internal Constraints on Growth in Birds 12: William A. Schew and Robert E. Ricklefs: Developmental Plasticity 13: Arie van Noordwijk and Henry L. Marks: Genetic Aspects of Growth 14: Sabine Gebhardt-Henrich and Heinz Richner: Causes of Growth Variation and Its Consequences for Fitness 15: Marek Konarzewski, Sebastian A. L. M. Kooijman, and Robert E. Ricklefs: Models for Avian Growth and Development 16: Robert E. Ricklefs and J. Matthias Starck: The Evolution of the Developmental Mode in Birds 17: J. Matthias Starck and Robert E. Ricklefs: Data Set of Avian Growth Parameters Systematic Index Subject Index

ISBN: 9780195106084
ISBN-10: 0195106083
Series: Oxford Ornithology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 19.05  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.3