Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

  title={Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals},
  author={William Perrin and Bernd W{\"u}rsig and J. G. M. Thewissen},
This thorough revision of the classic first edition brings this authoritative book right up-to-date. Articles describe every species in detail, based on the very latest taxonomy, and a host of biological, ecological and sociological aspects relating to marine mammals. The latest information on the biology, ecology, anatomy, behavior and interactions with man is provided by a cast of expert authors - all presented in such detail and clarity to support both marine mammal specialists and the… 

Evolution of marine mammals: Back to the sea after 300 million years

  • M. Uhen
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Anatomical record
  • 2007
The earliest representatives of these clades all show morphological features that indicate they were feeding while in the water, suggesting that feeding ecology is a key factor in the evolution of marine mammals.

The Environmental History of Cetaceans in Portugal: Ten Centuries of Whale and Dolphin Records

Research on the environmental history of cetaceans in Portugal shows a several-centuries-old exploitation of whales and dolphins, as resources mainly for human consumption, followed in later centuries by descriptions of natural history documenting strandings and at sea encounters.

A New Species of River Dolphin from Brazil or: How Little Do We Know Our Biodiversity

The discovery of a new species of a river dolphin from the Araguaia River basin of Brazil, the first such discovery in nearly 100 years, is reported, which is diagnosable by a series of molecular and morphological characters and diverged from its Amazonian sister taxon 2.08 million years ago.

The Early Radiations of Cetacea (Mammalia): Evolutionary Pattern and Developmental Correlations

The origin and early evolution of Cetacea (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) is one of the best examples of macroevolution as documented by fossils, and a study of patterns of correlations among morphological traits to test hypotheses of developmental links among organ systems is suggested.

Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins: A Demographic Perspective of a Threatened Species

The use of demographic analysis is described to quantify population trend and, more informatively, predict the risk (probabilities) of extinction, and it is shown the power of demographic analyses, predicting a significant population decline before it is directly documented by other standard techniques.

Recent diversification of a marine genus (Tursiops spp.) tracks habitat preference and environmental change.

Testing the hypothesis that lineages within the polytypic genus Tursiops track past changes in the environment reflecting ecological drivers of evolution facilitated by habitat release suggests the tracking of habitat preference during geographic expansions, followed by transition points reflecting habitat shifts, which were likely associated with periods of environmental change.

Historical strandings of cetaceans on the Portuguese coast: anecdotes, people and naturalists

Results indicate that reports made by local fishing communities and the role of naturalists and science journals of the 19th and early 20th Centuries was of considerable relevance to the present knowledge about cetaceans, giving an important contribution to modern day cetACEan studies.

Marine Biology: A Sub-Sample of a Vast Topic

Since the origin of life in the primordial ocean, the marine environment has developed into a vast variety of habitats in both the coastal and open waters of the world ocean. Coastal waters are home

Using stable isotope biogeochemistry to study marine mammal ecology

This review supplies a complete list of published SIA contributions to marine mammal science and highlights informative case examples in four general research areas: physiology and fractionation, foraging ecology and habitat use, ecotoxicology, and historic ecology and paleoecology.

Review of Cetaceans in the Red Sea

The number of cetacean species present in the Red Sea is unknown. Navigation and associated exploration of Red Sea waters dates back thousands of years, but despite relatively high levels of human