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Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy: Evolution and Adaptation [Hardcover]

Ann B. Butler , William Hodos
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August 23, 2005 0471210056 978-0471210054 2
Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy

Evolution and Adaptation

Second Edition

Ann B. Butler and William Hodos

The Second Edition of this landmark text presents a broad survey of comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy at the introductory level, representing a unique contribution to the field of evolutionary neurobiology. It has been extensively revised and updated, with substantially improved figures and diagrams that are used generously throughout the text. Through analysis of the variation in brain structure and function between major groups of vertebrates, readers can gain insight into the evolutionary history of the nervous system. The text is divided into three sections:
* Introduction to evolution and variation, including a survey of cell structure, embryological development, and anatomical organization of the central nervous system; phylogeny and diversity of brain structures; and an overview of various theories of brain evolution
* Systematic, comprehensive survey of comparative neuroanatomy across all major groups of vertebrates
* Overview of vertebrate brain evolution, which integrates the complete text, highlights diversity and common themes, broadens perspective by a comparison with brain structure and evolution of invertebrate brains, and considers recent data and theories of the evolutionary origin of the brain in the earliest vertebrates, including a recently proposed model of the origin of the brain in the earliest vertebrates that has received strong support from newly discovered fossil evidence

Ample material drawn from the latest research has been integrated into the text and highlighted in special feature boxes, including recent views on homology, cranial nerve organization and evolution, the relatively large and elaborate brains of birds in correlation with their complex cognitive abilities, and the current debate on forebrain evolution across reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Comparative Vertebrate Neuroanatomy is geared to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in neuroanatomy, but anyone interested in the anatomy of the nervous system and how it corresponds to the way that animals function in the world will find this text fascinating.

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"As a textbook for advanced courses and reference work for anyone whose interests touch on vertebrate is a uniquely valuable single-volume survey." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2006)

"...well written and can be a valuable reading material for basic understanding of the brain and its adaptation." (American Association of Anatomists Newsletter, March 2006)

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This unique book explores the evolution of the vertebrate nervous system, focusing on brain systems' functions and their relationship to behavior, adaptation and survival. Presents the material in a step-by-step manner to ease the reader's entry into this complex but captivating subject and to demonstrate how surprisingly similar the brains of vertebrates are in some ways while being extremely diverse in other ways. Takes into account additional cranial nerves, both known and newly recognized ones, which are not included in the "traditional twelve." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Liss; 2 edition (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471210056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471210054
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for vertebrate neuroanatomy November 25, 2000
While the title of this reference may sound formidable, it is actually suitable for the motivated general reader, and is far clearer than typical neuroanatomy textbooks. Neuroanatomy across the vertebrate lines is considered, with explanations of underlying neuronal and neuroanatomical principles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very approachable November 24, 1999
This ambitious evolutionary approach to the vertebrate nervous system gives the student all the tools needed to proceed with the advanced (3-volume)works of Crosby, et al (paleo) and Niuwenhuys, et al(neo). The text is well organized and has only a slight amount of redundancy. Would hope the next edition would have improved and possibly colorful figures. This will become the only "one volume" classic of vertebrate comparative neuroanatomy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neuranatomy August 6, 2010
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This a technical book, with evolutionary view of Nervous System.
The reader must have understanding of anatomy and neurophisiology.
Very Good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for cognitive neuroscience research December 16, 2008
This is a valuable text for understanding the why's and wherefore's of neuroanatomy in vertebrates and a great resource for research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral neurobiology when comparing neuroanatomy within and across species.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good product November 17, 2012
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It was a great purchase, 'cause the book was very well maintained and very cheap. I'm really pleased with this purchase.
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