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KEY FEATURES *Complete Species List, featuring both living and extinct mammals *Comprehensive Glossary with definitions for more than 1,000 specialized terms *Extensive cross-referencing between articles *Abundant visual resources -- photographs, line drawings, maps, tables, and figures

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Bernd Wursig, his students, and postdocs have studied marine mammals and sea birds on all continents, with present work mainly on dusky dolphins in diverse habitats of New Zealand, and beleaguered Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins of Hong Kong. His specialties are behavior and social strategies, especially as related to human disturbance. He has published and co-published about 180 peer review papers, over 50 popular articles, and 7 books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Biology of Texas A&M University at Galveston. J. G. M. 'Hans' Thewissen studies the evolution, anatomy and embryology of marine mammals, and has travelled the world to study fossil and living whales. His work with the sense organs of modern whales explores the impact of global change on marine mammal populations. He co-edited the three editions of Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals and wrote a popular book on whale evolution: The Walking Whales.


"This massive volume covers all aspects of marine mammals, with the topics alphabetically arranged for ease of use. The 283 articles contained here were expressly commissioned for this volume, and represent the most scientifically accurate and current science available on marine mammals. The encyclopedia is generously illustrated with photographs (including 16 pages of color plates), anatomical line drawings, charts, and figures. It is extensively referenced to the scientific literature, with approximately 3000 bibliography entries, and the appendix includes biographies of famous scientists and a definitive listing of all known marine mammals. This text is sure to be an invaluable reference on marine mammals for a large audience of researchers, students at all levels, and the general public." - SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST "This impressive reference would make an excellent addition to any library..."-ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DINOSAURS AND VOLCANOES (February 2003) "Very highly recommended for students, professionals, researchers and lay people with an interest in marine mammals." -WILDLIFE ACTIVIST (Fall 2002) "...an excellent resource for beginning research. ...This encyclopedia is very highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries." -Teresa Bowden, Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library for E-STREAMS (September 2002) "...students beginning postgraduate study on marine mammals and researchers and academics working on marine mammals will find it indispensable." -Ivan Lawler, James Cook University of North Queensland for JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (September 2002) "...this is a fascinating volume. If you are interested in marine mammals, you will buy this book." "It is likely to become a standard reference book in many libraries." -Paul E. Nachtigall for AQUATIC MAMMALS (2002) -Don E. Wilson, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. for JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY (2002) "...provides a generally effective and efficient mode for transmitting information from the vast literature reviewed by the authors...establishes a solid and satisfying foundation for current study and future exploration." -SCIENCE (July 2002)

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