0253357012 Dinosaurs

BOOKS
BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

1.
Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, James O. Farlow and Bob Walters
The Complete Dinosaur (Life of the Past)

What do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? How did dinosaurs grow, move, eat, and reproduce? Were they warm-blooded or cold-blooded? How intelligent were they? How are the various groups of dinosaurs related to each other, and to other kinds of living and extinct vertebrates?

What can the study of dinosaurs tell us about the process of evolution? And why did typical dinosaurs become extinct? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in the new, expanded, second edition of The Complete Dinosaur. Written by many of the world’s leading experts on the “fearfully great” reptiles, the book’s 45 chapters cover what we have learned about dinosaurs, from the earliest discoveries of dinosaurs to the most recent controversies. Where scientific contention exists, the editors have let the experts agree to disagree. Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere.

2.
Pierre-Henri Gouyon
Gene Avatars: Tje Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution

France holds a rather unusual position in the field of evolutionary biology. Whereas French naturalists from Buffon, Cuvier and Lamarck onwards made great discoveries in centuries past, French biologists missed the turning when it came to genetics. Until the 1970s, most French biologists were convinced that genetics was not as interesting as developmental science (some “rare species”, for example R. Chandebois, still hold this view). For them, the general principles of heredity resided in thecytoplasm rather than in the genome. This was not, however, as great an obstacle as one might have thought. For example, it did not prevent Malecot from being one of the most outstanding theoreticians of populationgenetics, L’Heritier and Teissier from inventing population cages for Drosophila, or Monod and Jacob from discovering messenger RNA or, for that matter, from conceiving major works such as “Chance and Necessity”or “Evolutionary tinkering”.In fact, it might even have been an advantage because, in France, the centralized vision of heredity rooted in Mendelian genetics was strongly tempered by the importance traditional biology conferred to thecytoplasm. Not unsurprisingly, therefore, it was inFrance that a mechanism whereby the cytoplasm regulates genetic information was discovered. It was in France also that the genetics of non-Mendelian elements like mitochondria and the ecological genetics of nucleo-cytoplasmic interactions (e.g. male-sterility, see Chapter 4) were developed.

3.
Bert Holldobler
Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration

Richly illustrated and delightfully written, Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific lore to convey the excitement and pleasure the study of ants can offer. Bert Holldobler and E. O. Wilson interweave their personal adventures with the social lives of ants, building, from the first minute observations of childhood, a remarkable account of these abundant insects’ evolutionary achievement.

4.
Retezar Imre
Atlas of the Carabus of the Caucasus (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

Atlas of the Carabus of the Caucasus (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Iconography, genital morphology, systematics and faunistics.
The Caucasus Mountains is a mountain system in Eurasia lying between the Black and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region. It occupies parts of the Russian Federation, Abkhazia, Georgia, South Ossetia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, drifting mainly from northwest to southeast.

5.
Chirantan Chattopadhyay and S. J. Kolte
Diseases of Edible Oilseed Crops

Diseases of Edible Oilseed Crops presents an unprecedentedly thorough collection of information on the diseases of cultivated annual oilseed crops, including peanut, rapeseed-mustard, sesame, soybean, sunflower, and safflower. Written by internationally recognized researchers, this book covers and integrates worldwide literature in the field up to 2014, setting it apart from other books that are only of regional importance.

The book focuses on major diseases of economic importance to each crop. Each chapter is devoted to a type of crop and a profile of affecting diseases according to geographical occurrence, epidemiology, symptoms, causal pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, biotechnological aspects, and the latest approaches to understanding host-pathogen interactions. It also includes discussions on developments on controversial subjects in research in order to stimulate thinking and further conversation with an eye toward improvements and resolutions.

Research on oilseed crop diseases has expanded tremendously in the past 30 years, primarily as an effort to reduce losses to various stresses, including crop diseases. In the war against hunger and malnutrition, it is necessary to enhance and update knowledge about crop diseases and managing them. By compiling decades of information from previously scattered research into a single globally minded volume, Diseases of Edible Oilseed Crops provides these much-needed updates and enhancements.

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