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By David J. Randall, Anthony P. Farrell

First released in 1981, this booklet provides an unique method of a space of significant value in comparative zoology and body structure and evolutionary biology: the evolution of air inhaling vertebrates from aquatic ancestors. the topic is approached from a sensible in addition to an anatomical standpoint, applying wisdom of the body structure of extant animals to track possible evolutionary steps. starting with a short precis of present perspectives of vertebrate evolution, the authors then move directly to take care of difficulties of oxygen move in water and air and the constitution and serve as of gills and lungs. Carbon dioxide move in water-breathing types is obvious as being tightly coupled to an ion and acid-base law. The evolution of air respiring is visible as a several-stage technique, starting with the evolution of accent air-breathing buildings for oxygen uptake.

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