Science and technology Reference Reviews Volume 30 · Number 4 · 2016 · 29-37 editions by reﬂecting signiﬁcant changes in receptors” is described in much greater detail in a higher-level taxonomy of mammals. “box” devoted entirely to the topic. In spite of the It is a real challenge to cover the breadth of unclear referencing, these text boxes are successful in mammalogy in one volume. The book is divided providing examples of detailed descriptions, which into ﬁve main sections covering the history and are not possible more generally in a work of this size. classiﬁcation of mammals, their structure and A good example of this is Bat Song (p. 304), where function, adaptive radiation (i.e. rapid evolution the authors explain that some species of bats have into diverse forms suited to a variety of modes of been shown to exhibit complex vocal songs for social life), behaviour and ecology and, ﬁnally, a communications to a degree that is comparable to specialist section covering the topics of parasites birds in their complexity. and diseases, domestication and conservation. I enjoyed reading this book. The discussion Each chapter includes photographs, as well as a questions and activities are particularly worth variety of
Reference Reviews – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 16, 2016
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