Merrick, J. R. et al, editors.
Cromer: Auscipub, 2006. Quarto, 1000 pp., colour plates. Laminated boards.
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A comprehensive overview of the knowledge of vertebrate diversity within Australasia, together with discussion of the factors that influenced the evolution and distributions of the faunas we see today. The 38 chapters are divided into 7 major sections. The first group of chapters covers the general topics of classification, systematics and environmental histories of parts of Australasia.
There are five sections that concentrate on a major vertebrate grouping, from primitive jawless fishes to specialized marine mammals and humans. The final section focuses on the future, describing some of the latest techniques and systems used for assessing biodiversity and assisting in conservation management. Over 50 leading researchers, from all parts of Australasia, have combined as authors and co-authors to make this a volume of international significance.
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