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The Terrestrial Invasion : An Ecophysiological Approach to the Origins of Land Animals - Colin Little

The Terrestrial Invasion

An Ecophysiological Approach to the Origins of Land Animals

Paperback Published: 13th August 1990
ISBN: 9780521336697
Number Of Pages: 316

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The theme of this book is the invasion of land by animal lines which originated in aquatic environments. It brings together physiological and ecological evidence to show both the likely routes taken out of the sea by the aquatic ancestors of terrestrial animals and the changes in structure and function associated with these routes. The author takes an ecophysiological approach, and by using representative examples, provides a novel background against which both the terrestrial adaptations of individual species and the make up and function of terrestrial ecosystems can be considered. Dr Little is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Colonisation of Land, which discusses the phylogeny and physiology of terrestrial and semi-terrestrial animals. The Terrestrial Invasion takes a fresh approach and provides an excellent introduction to the origins of land animals suitable for ecologists, physiologists and evolutionary biologists.

"The book is original, on a major subject, and is well and clearly argued." L.M. Van Valen, Evolutionary Theory and Review

Preface
Introduction
Perspective
Problems: terrestrial versus aquatic habitats
The evidence
Routes on to Land
The origins of terrestrial animals in relation to salt and water balance
Muddy and sandy shores: interstitial fauna and the burrowers
Saltmarshes and mangrove swamps as routes on to land
Rocky and shingle shores as routes on to land
The freshwater route to land
Life on Land
Terrestrial adaptations
Terrestrial ecosystems
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ISBN: 9780521336697
ISBN-10: 0521336694
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 13th August 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46