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A Dictionary of Zoology

By: Michael Allaby

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Paperback : 704 pages
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA (November 2009)
ISBN - 10 : 0199233411
ISBN - 13 : 9780199233410
Product Dimensions : 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)
Subjects : Zoology - General & Miscellaneous, Science Dictionaries

About the author :

Michael Allaby, a well-known writer on science and the environment, is General Editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History.


This dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on all aspects of the study of animals. Now fully revised for this new edition, with over 5,000 entries, it is ideal for students and will be invaluable to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the subject.

Key features of this second edition:


Wide coverage including animal behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics, cytology, evolution, Earth history, zoogeography


Full taxonomic coverage of arthropods, other invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals


Completely revised to incorporate the recent discovery of 'extremophiles'—organisms living in environments formerly considered impossibly hostile—and the taxonomic reclassification that this has entailed


New entries on genetics, evolutionary studies, and mammalian physiology

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Allaby is the general editor of Oxford Dictionary of Natural History and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology, as well as a leading expert in environmental science. His last two editions of the Dictionary of Zoology have become best sellers, primarily because they are more contemporary than other comprehensive dictionaries in the field, including Anthony Leftwich's Dictionary of Zoology(1973). Using simple, easy-to-understand language in all of the 5250 entries, Allaby expands this edition with the vocabulary of cytology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology. He has also scrutinized and revised the entries from the previous editions that describe animal behavior, cell structure, ecology, evolutionary concepts, genetics, physiology, taxonomic principles, and zoogeography as well as added biographical notes on some key individuals in the field and included many illustrations, See also references, and detailed appendixes.
—Hazel Cameron

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