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Animals Without Backbones: An Introduction to the Invertebrates (Third Edition) Paperback – July 15, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0226078748 ISBN-10: 0226078744 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 3rd edition (July 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226078744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226078748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ralph Buchsbaum was professor emeritus of biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Mildred Buchsbaum has collaborated on previous editions of Animals Without Backbones. John Pearse, a professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Vicki Pearse, a research associate in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, are coeditors with A. C. Giese of the multivolume Reproduction of Marine Invertebrates and have published many papers in invertebrate zoology.

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There are many good black and white photographs and a few good line drawings.
Currahee
It got me interested in biology as a whole (see "The Machinery of Life" for another amazing book).
MADELINE
This text is great - it is easy to read and understand and the photos are fabulous!
S. Forman

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a necessity for anyone interested in the fascinating structure of spineless creatures. As an artist, I find this collection of photographs to be a priceless visual dictionary, and a sumptuous treat for the eyes. The writing is scholarly and dense, absolutely comprehensive. Also important for academes: Where drawing illustrations are necessary for clarity, they are doubled up with the photographic representation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Forman on August 30, 2000
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I have used the book "Animals Without Backbones" for 5 years now in my Honors Zoology class here in Maryland. This text is great - it is easy to read and understand and the photos are fabulous! The only thing is that all the pictures are black and white, unlike the "fancy" new biology books. It reads at a level lower than my students, which are honors juniors and seniors. I give them additional information to supplement their studies, but I can't say enough about the photos and the labelled diagrams! A great book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Currahee on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The beginning zoology student has a daunting task before them. There are at least thirty phyla of animals on earth, most with several unique ecologically important sub groups. The arthropods, for example, include almost a million species of terrestrial insects as well as countless aquatic animals ranging in size from the minute copepod to crabs over two meters in width. To get a grasp on all of these requires a good bit of effort, a well organized mind and no small amount of perseverance. While anybody who has tried is no doubt familiar with the several very good invertebrate zoology textbooks available this is the only book on the subject that can be appreciated by the mass market.
The book groups animals by the traditional phyla, and gives critical information on each. Characteristics, development, ecology and diversity are all included. There are many good black and white photographs and a few good line drawings. If I had one complaint about this book it would be unity. I would like to have seen each chapter organized along a set pattern. This would be no easy feat either. I would also have liked to seen more line illustrations. I did like the books treatment of the protozoans as well.
If you are a student of zoology, beginning or PhD, you should try and get your hands on this book. It will help you understand things better than anything single resource I have seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bioteach44 on August 26, 2013
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Currently using this in my high school Invertebrate Zoology class (one semester). This book is amazing and far surpasses other books I have tried to use. Language is clear and easy to read. Although it is more detailed than my level of course requires, it is easy for the instructor to pick and choose page readings to suit the audience. Highly recommend! I wish there was a vertebrate book that was comparable.
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By Rya on July 14, 2014
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Awesome primer before you get into a university level invertebrate biology text. I can't say enough...this book will come with me always.
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By MADELINE on August 2, 2013
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I picked up an old, first edition of this book whilst recovering from an exhausting trip to Northern Africa. We were staying at a mother of a friend's house in southern Spain, and this just happened to be on the bookshelf. It was pretty much on a whim that I started to thumb through this book, but I was pretty quickly drawn in. Starting with the anatomy and life-cycles of simple single-celled animals, through polyps, nematodes, crustaceans, and insects, it's a fascinating look at the vast preponderance of species on out planet.

I didn't realize it at the time, but this is one of the seminal texts on invertebrates. It got me interested in biology as a whole (see "The Machinery of Life" for another amazing book). The edition I picked up discussed genetics, but was dated long before the discovery of DNA (which makes for some amusing reading). The current edition does include (fairly) modern genetics, but its real appeal is in the descriptions of the animals and processes themselves, which have not changed much over the years.

One warning: if you are at all squeamish about insects, there are one or two plates in the book that once seen, can not be unseen (beware the Giant Water Bug). However, the book is really worth the minor trauma.

Cheers,
Matt
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By Jose Vera on May 24, 2013
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This has to be one of the best books I bought. I loved it. A lot of good information and the images are amazing.
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