Marine Mammals, 2nd Edition

Evolutionary Biology

Marine Mammals, 2nd Edition,Annalisa Berta,James Sumich,Kit Kovacs,ISBN9780120885527

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Key Features

* Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the biology of all marine mammals
* Provides a phylogenetic framework that integrates phylogeny with behavior and ecology
* Features chapter summaries, further readings, an appendix, glossary and an extensive bibliography
* Exciting new color photographs and additional distribution maps


Berta and Sumich have succeeded yet again in creating superior marine reading! This book is a succinct yet comprehensive text devoted to the systematics, evolution, morphology, ecology, physiology, and behavior of marine mammals. The first edition, considered the leading text in the field, is required reading for all marine biologists concerned with marine mammals. Revisions include updates of citations, expansion of nearly every chapter and full color photographs. This title continues the tradition by fully expanding and updating nearly all chapters.


Vertebrate zoologists, mammalogists, marine biologists, and those interested in the natural history, evolution, systematics, and behavior of marine mammals. Researchers, faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in mammals, marine biology, and many related disciplines

Annalisa Berta

Annalisa Berta is Associate Chair and Professor of Biology at San Diego State University. She is an evolutionary biologist who has studied fossil and modern marine mammals for over 20 years. She is President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Associate Editor of Marine Mammal Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

San Diego State University, California, U.S.A.

James Sumich

James L. Sumich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Grossmont College. He has studied gray whales for nearly three decades and taught college courses on marine mammals for nearly as long. His research has focused on the ecological physiology of baleen whales, particularly the energetics of their seasonal fasting migrations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Grossmont College, El Cajon, California, U.S.A.

Kit Kovacs

Kit M. Kovacs is the Biodiversity Programme Leader for the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway and Professor of Biology at University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS). She has worked with Arctic marine mammal ecology for the past 20 years, focusing on behavioral ecology and population biology. She is President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromso, Norway

Marine Mammals, 2nd Edition

Systematics and Classification
Pinniped Evolution and Systematics
Cetacean Evolution and Systematics
Sirenians and Other Marine Mammals:
Evolution and Systematics
Evolutionary Biogeography

Integumentary and Sensory Systems
Musculoskeletal System and Locomotion
Respiration and Diving Physiology
Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture
Diet, Foraging Structures, and Strategies
Reproductive Structures, Strategies, and Patterns
Population Structure and Population Dynamics
Conservation and Protection
Appendix: Classification of Marine Mammals
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