A Day in a Read State (11)

Through Good 360 and the Center’s cornerstone Nebraska Truckloads of Help program, Lincoln’s Center For People In Need receives thousands of book donations from participating non-profits and national companies alike, helping put free books in the homes and schools of low-income and high-need families throughout Nebraska.

Today’s A Day In A Read State, the eleventh installment in the series, shows off a gorgeous, perfectly kept 1985 (second) edition of McFarland / Pough / Cade / Heiser’s Vertebrate Life.

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Vertebrate Life (2nd ed.), by William N. McFarland et al. (Macmillan, 1985.)

Common university microbiology text, for which the fourth edition receives this billing: “Vertebrate Life is the only book that integrates the ecology, behavior, morphology, and physiology of vertebrates in a phylogenetic context. It focuses on how animals work and the consequences–in ecological and evolutionary time–of working one way versus another.”

To wit, textbook examples of:

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How fresh water and marine teleosts work – the latter may be hermaphroditic while the former, in the instance of the mangrove rivulus, may survive out of water for up to two months, and represent the only known population of self-fertilizing vertebrates.
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Consider this presently, and in human terms.
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Charting the costs of locomotion.
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Some species of toads, for example, turn permeable skin into an advantage by drinking water through their pelvic musculature (the so-called “seat patch”) and by evolving complex “taste” mechanisms that allow them to detect soil chloride levels and other factors pertinent to water absorption suitability.
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Best band name in the book.
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In media res.
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Last May, Toronto mayor Rob Ford had a very public freakout over possums…
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“From Stettin in the north to…Genoa in the south, an Iron Crowtain has descended across the continent.”

“Tertiary Mammals of the Southern Continents” brings to mind post-Mission of Burma art rockers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic…


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