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This text provides a concise introduction to the field of animal biology. Readers discover general principles of evolution, ecology, classification, systematics, and animal body plans. After these introductory chapters, readers delve into the biology of all groups of animals. The basic features of each group are discussed, along with evolutionary relationships among group members. Chapter highlights include newly discovered features of animals as they relate to ecology, conservation biology, and value to human society. Regular updates to the phylogenies within the book keep it current.
Table of contents
1. Science of Zoology and Evolution of Animal Diversity 2. Animal Ecology 3. Animal Architecture 4. Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Animals 5. Protozoan Groups (Unicellular Eukaryotes) 6. Sponges: Phylum Porifera 7. Radiate Animals: Cnidarians and Ctenophores 8. Acoelomorpha, Platyzoa, and Mesozoa: Flatworms, Gastrotrichs, Gnathiferans, and Mesozoans 9. Polyzoa and Kryptrochozoa: Cycliophora, Entoprocta, Ectoprocta, Brachiopoda, Phoronida, and Nemertea 10. Molluscs 11. Annelids and Allied Taxa 12. Smaller Ecdysozoans 13. Arthropods 14. Chaetognaths, Echinoderms, and Hemichordates 15. Vertebrate Beginnings: The Chordates 16. Fishes 17. The Early Tetrapods and Modern Amphibians 18. Amniote Origins and Nonavian Reptiles 19. Birds 20. Mammals