Autor/en: Eric R. Pianka, Laurie J. Vitt
Windows to the Evolution of Diversity.
University Press Group Ltd
19. Juni 2012 - kartoniert - 346 Seiten
From tiny to gigantic, from drab to remarkably beautiful, from harmless to venomous, lizards are spectacular products of natural selection. This book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs, is the first comprehensive reference on lizards around the world. Accessible, scientifically up-to-date, and written with contagious enthusiasm for the subject, Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity covers species evolution, diversity, ecology, and biology. Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt have studied and photographed members of almost all lizard families worldwide, and they bring to the book a deep knowledge based on extensive firsthand experience with the animals in their natural habitats.
List of Tables Foreword, by Harry W. Greene Acknowledgments Introduction: The Logic of Biology Part I. Lizard Lifestyles 1. Evolutionary History and Phylogeny 2. Getting Around in a Complex World 3. Lizards as Predators 4. Escaping Predators 5. Social Behavior 6. Reproduction and Life History 7. Reflections of the Real World Part II. Lizard Diversity 8. Iguanians 9. From Geckos to Blind Lizards 10. From Racerunners to Night Lizards 11. Skinks 12. From Girdled Lizards to Knob-Scaled Lizards 13. Monsters and Dragons of the Lizard World Part III. Synthesis 14. Historical Perspective 15. Lizards and Humans Appendix: Taxonomic Summary of Lizard Genera Glossary References Index
Eric R. Pianka is Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include Evolutionary Ecology (sixth edition, 2000), The Lizard Man Speaks (1994), and Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards (1986). Laurie J. Vitt is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor (Zoology Department) at the University of Oklahoma and Associate Director of Collections and Research at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. He is coauthor of several books, including Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (second edition, 2000). Pianka and Vitt are also coeditors of Lizard Ecology: Historical and Experimental Perspectives (1994).
"A beautiful book crammed with a wealth of information, not just about lizards, but about ecology, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, biomechanics, evolution, and ethnobiology as well. A fascinating reading for any herpetologist or natural historian, no matter how professional." - Copeia "This is a book for the home library, to be pulled down off the shelf whenever some unfamiliar creature skitters across the patio, or just to be read on rainy afternoons... the writing is clear, authoritative and enlivened by personal tales of lizard encounters. The photos are bright and beautiful. Just an hour or two turning the pages is guaranteed to kindle a whole new sense of wonder the next time you flick on your porch light and surprise a gecko." - Bill Marvel, Dallas Morning News "This engaging, well-researched volume depicts an amazing variety of lacertilian beasts in its lavish illustrations and deftly examines their bizarre lifestyles and behaviors." - American Scientist "All readers will find Lizards an excellent introduction to the ecology of an interesting and scientifically rewarding group of animals." - Science"