Category: Mammals

The Story of Rats: Their Impact on Us, and Our Impact on by S. Anthony Barnett

By S. Anthony Barnett

Greater than the tale of ways humans and rats reside jointly, this publication takes a major and exciting examine technological know-how and scientists, the issues they clear up and fail to unravel, and the scope and imperfections of our medical wisdom of the realm. It solutions questions resembling: Are rats nonetheless a chance to human future health? Do rats imagine? Is it real that wild rats occasionally die, unwounded, from social pressure? Can experiences of rat societies let us know something valuable approximately our personal social lives? This compelling ancient and social learn will trap the curiosity of all readers-from these occupied with rats to those that cringe-by explaining the fragile and occasionally unstable affects people and rats have had on one another over the centuries and into the fashionable age.

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Pyrosequencing: Methods and Protocols by Ulrich Lehmann, Jörg Tost

By Ulrich Lehmann, Jörg Tost

The basic goal of this quantity is to illustrate the diversity of purposes of the Pyrosequencing know-how in examine and diagnostics and to supply exact protocols. starting with an up to date assessment of the biochemistry, the amount keeps with quantitative research of genetic version, ratio of expressed alleles on the RNA point, research of DNA methylation, international DNA methylation assays, really expert purposes for DNA methylation research together with lack of imprinting, unmarried blastocyst research, allele-specific DNA methylation styles, DNA methylation styles linked to particular histone alterations. the quantity additional information instruments and protocols for the detection of viruses and micro organism, and genetic and epigenetic analyses for forensics utilizing Pyrosequencing. As a quantity within the hugely winning Methods in Molecular Biology sequence, chapters include introductions to their respective issues, lists of the mandatory fabrics and reagents, step by step, effectively reproducible protocols and tips about troubleshooting and warding off recognized pitfalls.

Comprehensive and adaptable, Pyrosequencing: tools and Protocols, moment Edition will enormously relief doctorial scholars, postdoctoral investigators and study scientists learning assorted points of genetics and mobile and molecular biology.

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The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium. An Essay in Natural by Juan Pimentel, Peter Mason

By Juan Pimentel, Peter Mason

One animal left India in 1515, caged within the carry of a Portuguese send, and sailed round Africa to Lisbon—the first of its species to determine Europe for greater than one thousand years. the opposite crossed the Atlantic from South the United States to Madrid in 1789, its large fossilized bones packed in crates, its species unknown. How did Europeans 3 centuries aside reply to those mysterious beasts—a rhinoceros, identified purely from historical texts, and a anonymous monster? As Juan Pimentel explains, the reactions replicate deep highbrow adjustments but in addition the long-lasting energy of picture and mind's eye to form our figuring out of the ordinary world.

We understand the rhinoceros this day as “Dürer’s Rhinoceros,” after the German artist’s iconic woodcut. His portrait was once inaccurate—Dürer by no means observed the beast and trusted conjecture, aided by way of a caricature from Lisbon. however the impact of his amazing paintings mirrored a gradual circulate clear of historic authority to the dissemination in print of recent rules and pictures. by the point the megatherium arrived in Spain, that circulate had remodeled technology. whilst released drawings chanced on their solution to Paris, the good zoologist Georges Cuvier effectively deduced that the big bones should have belonged to an extinct huge sloth. It was once a pivotal second within the discovery of the prehistoric world.

The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium deals a penetrating account of 2 striking episodes within the cultural historical past of technology and is itself a shiny instance of the clinical mind's eye at paintings.

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Do Bats Drink Blood?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about by Barbara A. Schmidt-French

By Barbara A. Schmidt-French

Bat biologist Barbara A. Schmidt-French and author Carol A. Butler provide a compendium of insightful proof approximately bats during this obtainable and expertly written question-and-answer quantity. Numbering a couple of thousand species in our international at the present time, bats within the wild are quite often unthreatening. Like so much different mammals, bats are curious, affectionate, or even playful with one another.

Highly useful animals, bats are serious to international ecological, fiscal, and public overall healthiness. Do Bats Drink Blood? illuminates the function bats play within the surroundings, their advanced social habit, and the way they float in the course of the evening sky utilizing their acute hearingùecholocation talents that experience helped within the improvement of navigational aids for the blind. own in voice with the viewpoint of a talented bat researcher, this ebook explores wideranging subject matters in addition to universal questions humans have approximately bats, offering a trove of attention-grabbing facts.

Featuring infrequent colour and black-and-white pictures, together with a few by means of well known biologist, photographer, and writer Merlin Tuttle, Do Bats Drink Blood? offers a finished source for normal readers, scholars, academics, zoo and museum fanatics, farmers and orchardists, or somebody who may well stumble upon or be interested by those awesome animals.

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Predators with Pouches: The Biology of Carnivorous by Menna Jones, Mike Archer, Chris Dickman

By Menna Jones, Mike Archer, Chris Dickman

Predators with Pouches offers a distinct synthesis of present wisdom of the world’s carnivorous marsupials—from Patagonia to New Guinea and North the USA to Tasmania. Written via sixty three specialists in each one box, the e-book covers a complete variety of disciplines together with evolution and systematics, reproductive biology, body structure, ecology, behaviour and conservation. Predators with Pouches finds the relationships among the yank didelphids and the Australian dasyurids, and explores the function of the marsupial fauna within the mammal group. It introduces the geologically oldest marsupials, from the Americas, and examines the autumn from former variety of the bigger marsupial carnivores and their convergent evolution with placental varieties. The ebook covers all features of carnivorous marsupials, together with attention-grabbing positive factors of existence historical past, their distinctive replica, the physiological foundation for early senescence in semelparous dasyurids, intercourse ratio edition and juvenile dispersal. It seems at gradients in nutrition—from omnivory to insectivory to carnivory—as good as distributional ecology, social constitution and conservation dilemmas.

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The Mammals of Texas (Corrie Herring Hooks Series) by David J. Schmidly

By David J. Schmidly

From experiences of the former variation: "This is the traditional reference approximately Texas mammals." --Wildlife Activist "A needs to for someone heavily drawn to the flora and fauna of Texas." --Texas open air Writers organization information "[This ebook] simply fills the function of either a box consultant and a table reference, and is written in a mode that appeals to the pro biologist and novice naturalist alike. . . . [It] should still end up worthwhile to somebody with an curiosity within the mammal fauna of Texas or the southern nice Plains." --Prairie Naturalist The Mammals of Texas has been the normal reference because the first variation was once authored through William B. Davis in 1947. Revised a number of occasions over the succeeding a long time, it is still the main authoritative resource of knowledge at the mammalian natural world of Texas. This new version has been completely up to date and improved from the former one in 1994. Of specific value are the alterations it files in species prestige and distribution. New fabrics during this version comprise lists of subspecies, a quick description of the conservation prestige of every species, and an increased introductory part that discusses historic adjustments in Texas mammals and the historical past of mammalogy in Texas. The publication additionally features a thorough evaluation of the mammals of Texas, considerable photos and drawings, distribution maps, actual descriptions, and existence histories for 184 species of mammals.

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