The Terrestrial Invasion: An Ecophysiological Approach to the Origins of Land Animals (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)

The Terrestrial Invasion: An Ecophysiological Approach to the Origins of Land Animals (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Colin Little
  • Publish Date: 1990-06-29


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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.

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