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Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals Hardcover – February 5, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0125513401 ISBN-10: 0125513402 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews


"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."

"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."
" 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)

Book Description

A comprehensive and highly-illustrated reference to these fascinating creatures

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1414 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0125513402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0125513401
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,510,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J. G. M. 'Hans' Thewissen has studied whale anatomy and evolution for more than two decades, and has traveled the world to study fossil and living whales. Working in Pakistan, he discovered Ambulocetus, the walking whale, dubbed as the smoking gun of whale evolution by Steven Jay Gould. His work with the sense organs of modern whales in Alaska has implications for management of endangered whale populations. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, nine of which in the prestigious journals Science and Nature. He was a co-editor for the Marine Mammal Encyclopedia, now in its second edition.
A native of the Netherlands, he holds degrees in biology and geology from the University of Utrecht and the University of Michigan and teaches anatomy and embryology to medical students at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He also has appointments at Kent State University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is easy to use and provides comprehensive information for such a variety of topics that every student of marine mammals should have it in their library. I recommend it to students who are just starting their journey into marine mammal studies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By _Amazon_Customer on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm thoroughly pleased with this book, which is an indispensable resource on all forms of marine mammals, extinct and extant. The book has provided indepth essays from the foremost experts in respective fields, with helpful diagrams and accompanying images, throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth S. Lucas on July 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well written, with an excellent list of references for further study and research. I was able to answer serveral questions in less than half an hour. The alphabetical lay out made locating information very easy. I provided a second copy to my collegues at work in the Environmental Secruity Office at Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton CA.
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