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Animal Physiology

Fifth Edition

Richard Hill

Publication Date - November 2021

ISBN: 9780197553596

992 pages

In Stock

Comprehensive, contemporary, and engaging, Animal Physiology provides evolutionary and ecological context to help students make connections across all levels of physiological scale.


Comprehensive, contemporary, and engaging, Animal Physiology provides evolutionary and ecological context to help students make connections across all levels of physiological scale. One of the major challenges instructors and students face in Animal Physiology is making connections across levels of biological scale. Animal Physiology addresses this challenge by providing ecological and evolutionary context to the study of physiology at all levels of organization: genome, molecular biology, biochemistry, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Hill's inclusion of ecology and evolution helps readers gain a holistic perspective on animal function and sets Animal Physiology apart from texts that focus more narrowly on physiology. Hill's Animal Physiology is trusted by instructors and students because of its authoritative, current, engaging, and lavishly illustrated presentation.

New to this Edition

  • NEW Learning Objectives (in enhanced E-book ONLY)
  • NEW In-line Dynamic Animated Figures
  • NEW Self-assessments; 3 multiple choice questions after each section header
  • NEW "Guest Box" stories
  • 200 upgraded illustrations
  • "Less is more", word count has been reduced by 10% from previous ed.
  • Updated genomics and molecular content, proteins as molecular machines


  • New co-author, Daniel Cavanaugh (Loyola University Chicago), joins the team. All chapters on neurons and nervous systems provide updated content and pedagogy, including extensive reorganization and streamlining of chapters on neurons and synapses, enhanced coverage of sensory physiology and the vertebrate central nervous system, and updated discussion of the cellular-molecular mechanisms of circadian clocks.
  • Enhanced genomics and molecular content-including a new section on proteins as molecular machines-is incorporated while retaining focus on the whole animal and ecological relations.
  • Physiological implications of global change are discussed in new or expanded treatments of temperature, aridity, and environmental O2 availability and pH.
  • Revised and updated sections on muscle mechanics clarify how the organ-level properties of muscle such as length, contraction speed, and architecture influence organismal performance.
  • Electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation are presented with all-new artwork; content on endocrine environmental physiology is greatly enhanced; sections on altitude physiology are completely rewritten to reflect current progress; treatment of epigenetics is expanded, including epigenetic effects on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis; metabolomic insights into hibernation are incorporated; tracheal breathing systems, open circulatory systems, diving by marine mammals, and comparative mammalian kidney architecture (and functional implications) are illustrated with new, cutting-edge images; evolution of osmoregulation is discussed with the latest insights from species with multiple freshwater colonization events.
  • All figures have been reviewed for pedagogical effectiveness and increased accessibility: more than 140 figures have been revised and over 50 new figures incorporated, plus greatly enhanced use of drawings and photos to familiarize readers with the animals under study.
  • New to the Fifth Edition and available on the Oxford Learning Link site, a curated list with links to over 130+ relevant and engaging videos to be used in lecture presentation.
  • Embracing opportunities for a "less is more" approach, hundreds of sentences and dozens of paragraphs have been improved for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Word counts have been reduced by 5-10% in virtually all chapters to streamline presentation and permit a more open design format.
  • Enhanced ebook with Dynamic Animations and Figures, Learning Objectives, Self-Assessments, End-of-Chapter Assignable Quizzes, Flashcards, Box Extensions, and Additional References

About the Author(s)

Richard W. Hill, Michigan State University
Margaret Anderson, Emerita, Smith College
Daniel Cavanaugh, Loyola University Chicago

Table of Contents


    Part I Fundamentals of Physiology
    Chapter 1 Animals and Environments: Function on the Ecological Stage
    Chapter 2 Molecules and Cells in Animal Physiology
    Chapter 3 Genomics, Proteomics, and Related Approaches to Physiology
    Chapter 4 Physiological Development and Epigenetics
    Chapter 5 Transport of Solutes and Water

    Part II Food, Energy, and Temperature
    Chapter 6 Nutrition, Feeding, and Digestion
    Chapter 7 Energy Metabolism
    Chapter 8 Aerobic and Anaerobic Forms of Metabolism
    Chapter 9 The Energetics of Aerobic Activity
    Chapter 10 Thermal Relations
    Chapter 11 Food, Energy, and Temperature AT WORK: The Lives of Mammals in Frigid Places

    Part III Integrating Systems
    Chapter 12 Neurons
    Chapter 13 Synapses
    Chapter 14 Sensory Processes
    Chapter 15 Nervous System Organization and Biological Clocks
    Chapter 16 Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Physiology
    Chapter 17 Reproduction
    Chapter 18 Integrating Systems AT WORK: Animal Navigation

    Part IV Movement and Muscle
    Chapter 19 Control of Movement
    Chapter 20 Muscle
    Chapter 21 Movement and Muscle AT WORK: Plasticity in Response to Use and Disuse

    Part V Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Internal Transport
    Chapter 22 Introduction to Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in Physiology
    Chapter 23 External Respiration: The Physiology of Breathing
    Chapter 24 Transport of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in Body Fluids (with an Introduction to Acid-
    Base Physiology)
    Chapter 25 Circulation
    Chapter 26 Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Internal Transport AT WORK: Diving by Marine Mammals

    Part VI Water, Salts, and Excretion
    Chapter 27 Water and Salt Physiology: Introduction and Mechanisms

    Chapter 28 Water and Salt Physiology of Animals in Their Environments
    Chapter 29 Kidneys and Excretion (with Notes on Nitrogen Excretion)
    Chapter 30 Water, Salts, and Excretion AT WORK: Mammals of Deserts and Dry Savannas
    Appendix A The Système International and Other Units of Measure
    Appendix B Prefixes Indicating Orders of Magnitude
    Appendix C Gases at Standard Temperature and Pressure
    Appendix D Logarithms
    Appendix E Exponential and Allometric Equations
    Appendix F Phylogenetically Independent Contrasts
    Appendix G The Standard Amino Acids
    Appendix H Basic Physics Terms
    Appendix I Summary of Major Bloodborne Hormones in Mammals

    E-book/online only:
    Appendix J Fitting Lines to Data
    Appendix K Mitosis and Meiosis


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