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The Biology of the Avian Respiratory System

Evolution, Development, Structure and Function

Editors: Maina, John N. (Ed.)

  • Offers a detailed overview of the evolutionary underpinnings of the avian respiratory system (the lung-air sac system) from the theropod dinosaurs to the modern birds
  • Presents a highly detailed and comprehensive account of the respiratory biology of birds
  • Shows the strong correlation between the evolution, the development, the structure and the function of the avian respiratory system
  • Underscores the exceptional efficiency of the avian respiratory system, with two chapters outlining the energetic demands for powered flight and the adaptations for high altitude flight
  • Comparative approach will be adopted to explain concepts and principles where differences between bird species exist
  • Contributors are active and prominent experts in their fields of research who provide the cutting edge details
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About this book

The central focus of this book is the avian respiratory system. The authors explain why the respiratory system of modern birds is built the way it is and works the way that it does. Birds have been and continue to attract particular interest to biologists. The more birds are studied, the more it is appreciated that the existence of human-kind on earth very much depends directly and indirectly on the existence of birds. Regarding the avian respiratory system, published works are scattered in biological journals of fields like physiology, behavior, anatomy/morphology and ecology while others appear in as far afield as paleontology and geology. The contributors to this book are world-renowned experts in their various fields of study. Special attention is given to the evolution, the structure, the function and the development of the lung-air sac system. Readers will not only discover the origin of birds but will also learn how the respiratory system of theropod dinosaurs worked and may have transformed into the avian one. In addition, the work explores such aspects as swallowing mechanism in birds, the adaptations that have evolved for flight at extreme altitude and gas exchange in eggs. It is a highly informative and carefully presented work that provides cutting edge scientific insights for readers with an interest in the respiratory biology and the evolution of birds. 

About the authors

John N. Maina served as a professor of veterinary anatomy for 17 years at the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and of human anatomy for 13 years at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). He currently works as a research professor at the University of Johannesburg. He has been investigating the structure of the avian respiratory system for nearly four decades and published 150 papers in peer reviewed journals, 12 book chapters and 5 books on the comparative functional design of the gas exchangers. He has collaborated with others both nationally and internationally, held appointments in various academic institutions and has been invited to give lectures at different meetings/conferences and academic institutions. He has lectured in courses pertaining to the structure and function of the animal and the human bodies.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Evolution of Birds with Implications from New Fossil Evidences

    Wang, Min (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

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  • The Avian Lingual and Laryngeal Apparatus Within the Context of the Head and Jaw Apparatus, with Comparisons to the Mammalian Condition: Functional Morphology and Biomechanics of Evaporative Cooling, Feeding, Drinking, and Vocalization

    Homberger, Dominique G.

    Pages 27-97

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  • Pulmonary Transformations of Vertebrates

    Farmer, C. G.

    Pages 99-112

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  • Flying High: The Unique Physiology of Birds that Fly at High Altitudes

    Scott, Graham R. (et al.)

    Pages 113-128

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  • Molecular Aspects of Avian Lung Development

    Moura, Rute S. (et al.)

    Pages 129-146

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eBook 107,09 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44153-5
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Hardcover 140,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44152-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Biology of the Avian Respiratory System
Book Subtitle
Evolution, Development, Structure and Function
Editors
  • John N. Maina
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44153-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44153-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44152-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 250
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 102 illustrations in colour
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