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Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature


Michael Land

November 2018

The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.

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Behavioral Neurobiology: An integrative approach

Third Edition


G√ľnther Zupanc

November 2018

The only book to offer an up-to-date and in-depth coverage of key model systems to illustrate the fundamental principles of behavioral neurobiology.

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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life


Ernest Naylor

October 2018

Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar influences on animal behaviour, and considers whether humans may be affected too.

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Animal Physiology: an environmental perspective


Patrick Butler, Anne Brown, George Stephenson, John Speakman

September 2018

The only text to take an evolutionary approach to show how physiological systems allow animals to adapt to their changing environments.

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Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction


Marlene Zuk, Leigh W. Simmons

August 2018

Very Short Introductions

Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's tail, which would seem to be detrimental to survival. This book explores our understanding of how sexual selection works.

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Veterinary Science: A Very Short Introduction


James Yeates

February 2018

Very Short Introductions

James Yeates covers the history of veterinary science, considering the roles of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in animal health. Discussing recent challenges such as the outbreak of BSE, and antibiotic resistance, he considers the future of the field, and difficulties in balancing the interests of owners and animals when they don't coincide.

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Animal Physiology

Fourth Edition


Richard W. Hill, Gordon A. Wyse, Margaret Anderson

October 2017

Presents all the branches of modern animal physiology with a strong emphasis on integration of physiological knowledge, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

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Mammals: A Very Short Introduction


T. S. Kemp

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Relative newcomers within the story of evolution, mammals are hugely successful and have colonized land, water, and air. Tom Kemp discusses the great diversity of mammalian species, and looks at how their very disparate characteristics, physiologies, and behaviours are all largely driven by one uniting factor: endothermy, or warm-bloodedness.

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Testosterone: The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win


Joe Herbert

September 2017

Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking — all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and lurks below the veneer of our civilized modern world.

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Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


David Norman

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

David Norman discusses some of the most fascinating and iconic creatures to walk our Earth. Introducing the different famillies of dinosaurs, he discusses how they were first discovered and interpreted, and looks at how scientific break-throughs have changed our understanding of dinosaurs over the years.

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Animal Behavior: Concepts, Methods, and Applications

Second Edition


Shawn Nordell, Thomas Valone

August 2017

A conceptual approach that puts the process of science and applications front and centre.

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Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction


Tristram D. Wyatt

February 2017

Very Short Introductions

Animal behaviour is a central topic of zoology, and with the development of ideas concerning the role of genes as well as environment the subject has been transformed. Tristram Wyatt gives a modern view, including a sense of the power of gene knock-outs, computing, and image analysis to enable detailed experiments and observations of behaviour.

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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene


Richard Dawkins

September 2016

The 'extended phenotype' is Dawkins' key contribution to the gene's eye view of evolution given in The Selfish Gene. He shows that the influence of genes can extend far beyond the bodies in which they reside, manipulating the environment and the behaviour of other individuals. A worldwide bestseller and a classic work of scientific exposition.

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Oxygen: The molecule that made the world


Nick Lane

April 2016

Oxygen is the engine of life and evolution. This book explores the impact that oxygen has had on Earth, and the history of life. Explaining the rise of animals and plants, the origin of two sexes, and the evolution of ageing and death, it offers fresh perspectives on our own lives, explaining why we age and what we can do about it.

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Fourth Edition


F. Harvey Pough, Robin M. Andrews, Martha L. Crump, Alan H. Savitzky, Kentwood D. Wells, Matthew C. Brandley

July 2015

Presents a functional understanding of amphibians and reptiles - what they do and how they do it, and how those attributes are related to their ecology and evolutionary history. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity

Third Edition


James B. Whitfield, Alexander H. Purcell III

September 2014

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Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare

Second Edition


Geoff Hosey, Vicky Melfi, Sheila Pankhurst

July 2013

Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management and Welfare addresses the key questions surrounding the keeping of zoo animals, and reveals how we can apply our ever-growing understanding of animal behaviour to ensure zoo animals are managed as effectively as possible, without their health and welfare being compromised.

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Primate Ecology and Conservation


Eleanor Sterling, Nora Bynum, Mary Blair

April 2013

Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

This practical volume brings together a group of distinguished primate researchers to synthesize field, r s3ratory, and conservation management techniques for primate ecology and conservation.

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Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution


Martin Stevens

February 2013

This is the first modern textbook of sensory ecology. It provides an introduction to the key ideas, theories, and examples, describes how sensory systems work, and explores the links between the senses, animal signals, behaviour, and evolution. The book also tackles mechanistic and functional questions, integrating theoretical and empirical work.

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The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction


Peter Holland

November 2011

Very Short Introductions

Molecular biology has revolutionized our understanding of animals and their evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland provides an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies.

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