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Marine Mammals

Annalisa Berta

in Return to the Sea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270572
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951440 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520270572.003.0001
Marine Mammals

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This chapter is a brief introduction to the diversity of major marine mammal lineages, including their identification, naming, and classification. The process of reconstructing the evolutionary history of marine mammals and forming new species is also discussed. Finally, physical factors such as ocean temperature, depth, salinity, and circulation patterns and the ecologic requirements of species, including food availability and abundance and their effect on the distribution of marine mammals, are reviewed.

Keywords: identification; naming; classification; reconstructing evolutionary history; ocean temperature; food availability; distribution

Chapter.  5953 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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