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Vertebrate Life

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I. VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY, FUNCTION, AND EVOLUTION 1. The Diversity, Classification, and Evolution of Vertebrates 2. Vertebrate Relationships and Basic Structure 3. Early Vertebrates: Jawless Vertebrates and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates II. NON-AMNIOTIC VERTEBRATES: FISHES AND AMPHIBIANS 4. Living in Water 5. Radiation of the Chondrichthyes 6. Dominating Life in Water: The Major Radiation of Fishes 7. Geography and Ecology of the Paleozoic Era 8. Living on Land 9. Origin and Radiation of Tetrapods 10. Salamanders, Anurans, and Caecilians III. SAUROSPIDA: TURTLES, LEPIDOSAURS, AND ARCHOSAURS 11. Synapsids and Sauropsids: Two Approaches to Terrestrial Life 12. Turtles 13. The Lepidosaurs: Tuatara, Lizards, and Snakes 14. Ectothermy: A Low-Cost Approach to Life 15. Geography and Ecology of the Mesozoic Era 16. Mesozoic Diapsids: Dinosaurs, Crocodilians, Birds, and Others 17. Avian Specializations IV. SYNAPSIDA: THE MAMMALS 18. The Synapsida and the Evolution of Mammals 19. Geography and Ecology of the Cenozoic Era 20. Mammalian Diversity and Characteristics 21. Mammalian Specializations 22. Endothermy: A High-Energy Approach to Life 23. Body Size, Ecology, and Sociality of Mammals 24. Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans 25. The Impact of Humans on Other Species of Vertebrates

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F. Harvey Pough began his biological career at the age of fourteen when he and his sister studied the growth and movements of a population of eastern painted turtles in Rhode Island. His research now focuses on organismal biology, blending physiology, morphology, behavior, and ecology in an evolutionary perspective. Undergraduate students regularly participate in his research, and are coauthors of many of his publications. He especially enjoys teaching undergraduates and has taught courses in vertebrate zoology, functional ecology, herpetology, environmental physiology, and the organismal biology of humans. Currently he is teaching a year-long introductory biology course. He has published more than a hundred papers reporting the results of field and laboratory studies of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and tuatara that have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Caribbean as well as most parts of the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Past-President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

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