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Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution Hardcover – July 18, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072909562 ISBN-10: 0072909560 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (July 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072909560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072909562
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Kardong is a professor in the zoology department at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and his MS and BA from the University of Washington. In addition to teaching comparative anatomy and evolution, Ken is also involved in developing software programs for use in the laboratory sections of these courses.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By the Penguin on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
a student of vertebrate comparative anatomy will find almost everything he needs in this book. the writings are clear, the drawings excellent, the topics are all very thoroughly covered. it gives not just dry facts but also highly stimulating explanations, within a broad evolutionary context. why "only" 4 stars? well, it is not so easy to navigate through, to the point of being not well organized. you will have to look hard for what you need, especially if you are a novice. it might have been a better book still, where it differently organized, but, all in all, an excellent and important, up to date textbook
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This university textbook on vertebrate morphology is clearly written and is actually suitable for the general reader with no experience in the subject. Basic concepts such as morphological concepts, phylogeny, paleontology and evolution are discussed at the start of the book. A good overview is presented regarding theories of chordate emergence. Early vertebrates are then presented, starting with a reconstruction of a conodont animal. Chapters on biological design (ie, what adaptations are actually possible) and embryology then follow. Chapters describing and comparing organ systems in various vertebrates then follow, and include the integument (ie, skin), skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, urogenital system, endocrine system, nervous system and sensory organs.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dale Pederson on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've used Kadong from the first edition and admire much about the text. As another reviewer commented, one has to be deliberate about the organization or the first time reader might feel as if he were going in circles. However, the single greatest shortcoming of this comparative anatomy text is the chapter on muscles which is inadequate and confusing unless one has already studied this subject. Kardong simply fails to provide an organized description of trunk and appendicular muscles of the primary vertebrate models. The beginning student would be well advised to turn to Walker, Kent or Romer for this topic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Taphonomy on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that I used to teach comparative vertebrate anatomy. The previous major flaw of the book was the many inaccuracies in the figures. However many of these appear to be changed. All in all this book is a good book to reference to for a variety of questions about vertebrates. Not the easiest of books to wade through for a beginner but Kardong for the most part does a good job in explanations and descriptions for a book of this level
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Craven on February 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I took the class from which this book was written for. When I took the comparative anatomy class from Kardong he was giving us photocopies from his work in progress and still had editors notes and omissions on the papers. Just from reading all those photocopies, I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I recieved my B.S. in Zoology before this book ever came out and when I recieved my first copy, I was elated. If your serious about zoology, this is a good book for you. However, this book is not for light reading or the beginning zoology student.
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