I have always had difficulty in finding anatomy of
marine mammals such as dolphines and whales. Do you
know where bone and muscle structures of these animals
can be found. Particularly images of their stuctures.
Your aren't the only one who can't find a good reference book on whale
anatomy. For all the whaling done in past decades and more recently in the
name of "scientific research" there certainly hasn't been much published
about the internal anatomy of cetaceans. A good source of information was
a book entitled Whales by E.J. Sljiper, 1979, Cornell University Press (I'm
not sure of the spelling of the author's name or if the book is still
available) . There is also the Handbook of Marine Mammals, edited by S.H.
Ridgway and Sir R. Harrison, 1994, Academic Press.
You might also try:
Biology of Marine Mammals
John E., III Reynolds (Editor), Sentiel A. Rommel (Editor)
Taking an integrated approach to the biology of marine carnivores,
cetaceans, and sirenians, twenty-two prominent researchers compare marine
mammals with one another and with terrestrial mammals, providing a
framework for fundamental biological and ecological concepts.
Scientific advances in the study of marine mammals such as whales, seals
manatees, otters, polar bears, and dolphins have increased exponentially in
recent decades, yet few books have fully surveyed the biology of this
group. As an introduction for students, a reference for professionals in
related fields, and a comprehensive resource for marine mammal biologists
and managers, Biology of Marine Mammals provides a wealth of information
that can be broadly applied.
Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology
by Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Pieter Arend Folkens (Illustrator)
Designed both as an advanced text and as a reference for professionals,
this book employs a comparative phylogenic approach to marine mammal
diversity. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal
lineages, it provides a phylogenic context for chapters on major organ
systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation,
reproductive behavior, and conservation.
CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Second Edition
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