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1. All creatures great and small

1. All creatures great and small  

James Yeates

in Veterinary Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191833366
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10.1093/actrade/9780198790969.003.0001
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‘All creatures great and small’ provides an abridged history of veterinary science, which helps highlight how veterinary scientific developments have progressed alongside other scientific ... More
2. Animal phyla

2. Animal phyla  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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9780191778049
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0002
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The large branches within the Animal Kingdom evolutionary tree are ‘phyla’ (the singular being ‘phylum’). ‘Animal phyla’ outlines thirty three phyla, although there are still disputes and ... More
8. Applying behaviour

8. Applying behaviour  

Tristram D. Wyatt

in Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712152.003.0008
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Our behaviour as humans has profound effects on the lives of other animals. ‘Applying behaviour’ explores some of the ways that we can use an understanding of animal behaviour to reduce our ... More
8. Aquatic mammals

8. Aquatic mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0008
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Virtually all mammals can swim at least sufficiently well to cross bodies of water, but the extent of specific adaptation for aquatic life varies amongst different mammals from no more than ... More
4. Basal animals: sponges, corals, and jellyfish

4. Basal animals: sponges, corals, and jellyfish  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0004
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‘Basal animals: sponges, corals, and jellyfish’ describes the four non-bilaterian phyla — Porifera (sponges), Cnidaria (sea anemones, corals, and jellyfish), Ctenophora (comb jellies), and ... More
5. The bilaterians: building a body

5. The bilaterians: building a body  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Most animals are Bilateria. ‘The bilaterians: building a body’ explains that Bilaterians have ‘bilateral symmetry’, meaning they have a single line of mirror-image symmetry running down the ... More
2. The biology of mammals

2. The biology of mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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In order to understand mammals and their amazing variety, we must first learn about their shared biology. ‘The biology of mammals’ first considers how and why mammals stay warm and active. ... More
5. Blood pressure and blood flow

5. Blood pressure and blood flow  

Chris Cooper

in Blood: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
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9780191785467
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10.1093/actrade/9780199581450.003.0005
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The heart is the organ that pumps blood around the body. If the heart stops functioning, blood does not flow. The driving force for this flow is the pressure difference between the arterial ... More
6. Blood transfusion

6. Blood transfusion  

Chris Cooper

in Blood: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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‘Blood transfusion’ outlines the history of transfusing animal blood dating back to the 17th century. The 19th century saw the first successful human blood transfusion, but two major issues ... More
5. Carnivorous mammals

5. Carnivorous mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Carnivorous mammals’ considers the various carnivorous mammals that have evolved from the common ancestor of all modern mammals—the small, nocturnal, insectivorous mammal. Several mammals ... More
6. Chelonians

6. Chelonians  

T. S. Kemp

in Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2019
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9780191844065
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Chelonians are the tortoises, terrapins, and turtles, with the single most characteristic feature being the shell, made up of a small number of very large scales, immovably joined to one ... More
1. Circadian rhythmsA 24-hour phenomenon

1. Circadian rhythms: A 24-hour phenomenon  

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman

in Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191787164
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.003.0001
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‘Circadian rhythms: A 24-hour phenomenon’ explains the internally generated ‘clock’ that almost all living beings on Earth possess, which allows them to optimize a vast array of ... More
7. Circadian rhythms and metabolism

7. Circadian rhythms and metabolism  

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman

in Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.003.0007
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Life is a continual battle to stay in a non-equilibrium energy state. Living things must obtain energy from the environment and effectively use it to drive metabolic reactions. ‘Circadian ... More
6. Colour

6. Colour  

Michael Land

in The Eye: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2014
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May 2014
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9780191779961
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10.1093/actrade/9780199680306.003.0006
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9780199680306
‘Colour’ explains that colour is a construct of the brain, based on information supplied by the eyes. Objects in the world reflect different wavelengths of light to different extents, and ... More
5. Crocodiles

5. Crocodiles  

T. S. Kemp

in Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2019
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There are only about twenty-five species of living crocodilians, found in semi-aquatic habitats, mostly around freshwater rivers, lakes, and swamps, but also in marine areas. ‘Crocodiles’ ... More
8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus

8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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‘Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus’ is concerned with some of the phyla of the Deuterostomia superphylum — the Echinodermata, Hemichordata, and the Chordata subphyla ... More
9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates

9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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‘Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates’ describes the key features of animals in the Chordata phylum — large size, efficient blood circulation, dynamic skeleton, intricate brain, ... More
10. Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land

10. Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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‘Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land’ considers the chordates of the ‘sarcopterygian’ group. There are three groups of living lobe-finned vertebrates — coelacanths, lungfish, and the ... More
7. Diggers and burrowers

7. Diggers and burrowers  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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9780198766940
‘Diggers and burrowers’ considers mammals at the opposite extreme to the high-speed running ungulate mammals. It describes mammals with short, powerfully built legs that bear large feet ... More
5. Diseases across species

5. Diseases across species  

James Yeates

in Veterinary Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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9780191833366
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10.1093/actrade/9780198790969.003.0005
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9780198790969
Some microbes are not very picky about where they live. ‘Diseases across species’ explains that the multi-way spread of microbes and parasites across species is concerning for several ... More

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