Title Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, 2/e
Author R. K. Saxena, Sumitra Saxena
ISBN 9789389401547
List price Rs 795.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 676
Book size 178 x 242 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Viva Books Private Limited
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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This second edition of Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates is thoroughly revised and developed around two fundamental themes. Part A comprising the first eight chapters of the book is devoted to the discussion of chordates’ evolution and classification. Fairly detailed taxonomic synopsis for each class is included in the chapter dealing with that class. In addition a combination of phylogenetic trees (cladograms) and narrative discussions to unveil facts about animal evolution are included. Cladograms are used where appropriate, because they provide the least ambiguous statements that can be proposed about animal relationships. The book includes and discusses molecular-based hypotheses that have received widespread attention. The newly added Part A of this book will make classification and evolution an interesting parameter to give a new dimension to this seemingly tough subject from the point of view of students.

Part B deals with comparative anatomy and provides an introduction to structure-function concept at the level of organs and the organ system, which is fundamental to the understanding of synthesis of comparative anatomy.

Key features of the book are:

  • Treats the subject in a sequential manner
  • The subject matter is discussed briefly and lucidly
  • The diagrams are all in outline, drawn from authentic sources and can be easily reproduced by students



Part A: Origin Evolution and Descent of Metazoan Animals and Classification

Chapter 1. Evolutionary Descent of Metazoan Animals

Chapter 2. Recent Trends in Animal Classification

Chapter 3. Agnathostomes

Chapter 4. Gnathostomes

Chapter 5. Amphibia

Chapter 6. Reptilia

Chapter 7. Aves

Chapter 8. Mammalia


Part B: Comparative Anatomy

Chapter 9. Integumentary System

Chapter 10. Skeletal System

Chapter 11. Muscular System

Chapter 12. Digestive System

Chapter 13. Respiratory System

Chapter 14. Circulatory System

Chapter 15. Excretory System

Chapter 16. Reproductive System

Chapter 17. Nervous System

Chapter 18. Receptor System

Chapter 19. Endocrine System



About the Authors:

Dr R.K.Saxena is an Associate professor and has been teaching this subject in Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi since 1974. A Gold Medallist in M.Sc. from B.I.T.S. Pilani (Rajasthan), he earned his doctorate from the University of Delhi in Cell and Molecular Biology. The author is a member of Indian Society of Cell Biology and is still engaged in active research and has to his credit a number of research publication in the field of ciliate biology.

Dr Sumitra Saxena, an Associate professor at S.G.T.B, Khalsa college, University of Delhi, has been teaching for last forty years, Her research interests have involved studies on the Polytene Chromosomes in Chironomous and she has to her credit several research publications in the field of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of life sciences and zoology.


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