Marine mammals comprise some of the most highly adapted mammals, many with unbelievable diving capabilities, high intelligence, and complex social behavior, and some with brains larger than that of humans. Many possess echolocating and communication skills that we are only beginning to understand.
This book brings together for the first time in marine mammalogy, a group of 76 experts focused upon cell and molecular biology of aquatic mammals. Methods currently being used to explore marine mammal biology are discussed, such as genetic tracing of subpopulations of whales and seals by DNA fingerprinting, use of immune system molecular markers, cell culture and ELISA techniques, and electron microscopy.
"Stongly recommended for academic and community library reference collections…an impressive body of accessible scholarship which is enhanced with numerous illustrations, photos, and graphs, as well as a 'user friendly' index."--Wisconsin Bookwatch, September 2001
"The book is written in simple, easy-to-understand
language and has excellent illustrations and pictures. Extensive chapter references. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, professionals, and two-year technical program students." -- A.K. Volety, Florida Gulf Coast University, Choice, Vol. 40 No. 06, February 2003
"Overall this book is an impressive collection of papers presented by the leading authorities in their fields covering the current state of knowledge in the
broad fields of molecular and cellular biology of marine mammals…this book would constitute a valuable addition to the library of any student of marine mammal cellular or molecular investigations." -- Kim M. Parsons, University of Aberdeen, Aquatic Mammals, Volume 29, Number 3, 2003