Best Reference Books – Comparative Animal Physiology

We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Comparative Animal Physiology subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Comparative Animal Physiology along with reviews.

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1. “Comparative Animal Physiology” by Philip C Withers

“Comparative Animal Physiology” Book Review: This book takes a fundamental, biophysical approach toward animal physiology. It is helpful for students majoring in zoology, biology, or pre medicine will study animals ranging from simple invertebrates and protozoans to complex multicellular invertebrates and vertebrates. It focuses on evolution shows the progressive changes, modifications, and developments of physiological systems from simple to complex animals. It talks about the comparisons and shows the similarities and differences in how animals function, but stresses fundamentally similar adaptations in very different animals.

2. “Comparative Animal Physiology” by C Ladd Prosser

“Comparative Animal Physiology” Book Review: This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the integrative and systems aspects of comparative animal physiology. It focuses on the physiological basis for evolution, phylogeny, speciation, ecology and behavior. The contents of this book includes the respiratory functions of body fluids.

3. “Comparative Physiology: Primitive Mammals” by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen and Liana Bolis

“Comparative Physiology: Primitive Mammals” Book Review: This book helps to reconstruct a picture of what the earliest mammals were like and the knowledge of the physiology of many living primitive mammals. It also provides a common perspective to a wide variety of functional information pertaining to these problems. The result appears to be the mere possession of some conservative morphological traits. The contents include biology of the earliest mammals, biological strategies of living conservative mammals, the digestive tract, evolution of mammalian homeothermy, the evolution of energy metabolism in mammals etc.

4. “Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology: Animal Adaptation to Cold” by J A Boulant and R J Brooks

“Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology: Animal Adaptation to Cold” Book Review: This book is designed to understand and appreciate the benefits of the tactics, it is necessary to examine not only the well being of the whole animal but also their basic underlying mechanisms. It attempts to achieve an overview, its objective is to provide a depth and breadth of coverage that is essential to a full appreciation of animal adaptation to cold. It is much useful for senior undergraduate and graduate students as well as research scientists with an interest in cold physiology. It also integrates aspects of cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, and population biology should be a fruitful approach in providing a holistic understanding on how animals adapt to cold.

5. “Comparative Animal Physiology: Environmental and Metabolic Animal Physiology” by C Ladd Prosser

“Comparative Animal Physiology: Environmental and Metabolic Animal Physiology” Book Review: In this book, the comparative physiology recognises the diversity and modulation of highly conserved properties of the organisms. It also contributes to the understanding of basic biology. It requires more of a background in zoology, biochemistry and molecular biology, cellular physiology etc. The contents in this book includes water and ions, temperature, feeding and digestion, nutrition, excretory nitrogen metabolism, respiration and metabolism, circulation of body fluids.

6. “Principles of Zoology – Touching the Structure, Development, Distribution, and Natural Arrangement of the Races of Animals, Living and Extinct” by Louis Agassiz
7. “Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology” by J Machin and S H Wright
8. “Comparative Physiology: Animals-Hormones and Regulation; Evolution of Physiological Mechanisms” by Open University
9. “Comparative Physiology of Animals: Environmental Approach” by Richard W Hill
10. “The Comparative Physiology of the Pancreatic Islets (Zoophysiology)” by August Epple and Jack E Brinn

“The Comparative Physiology of the Pancreatic Islets (Zoophysiology)” Book Review: This book attempts to cover the comparative physiology of the pancreatic islets in a monograph. It is presented in the form of a digest, to emphasize evolutionary perspectives, to point out critical issues, and to identify challenging topics for future research. This book has covered most of the key publications up to the autumn of 1986. The contents of this book includes introduction, the evolution of the islet organ, ontogeny of the gnathostome pancreas, the exocrine pancreas, nervous regulation of islet functions, functional strategies of the islet organ etc.

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