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Marsupial Nutrition


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Preface; 1. Metabolic rates and nutrient requirements; 2. Carnivorous marsupials; 3. Omnivorous marsupials; 4. Hindgut fermenters - the wombats; 5. Hindgut fermenters - the arboreal folivores; 6. Foregut fermenters - kangaroos and wallabies; 7. Nutritional ecology of kangaroos and wallabies; 8. Foregut fermenters - the rat-kangaroos; 9. Evolution of marsupials and of digestive systems; 10. Future directions; Appendix; References.

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A comprehensive description of the food resources, digestive systems and metabolisms of marsupials, first published in 1999.


'Marsupial Nutrition is an excellent monograph on an active topic. It is destined to be the major reference on the subject for many years, and will surely stimulate much new work in the discipline.' Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, Australian Zoologist
"Although its title sounds esoteric, this book is of potentially great interest not only for physiologists but also for evolutionists, vertebrate zoologists, wildlife biologists, and mammalian systematists of all sorts...This book is an exceptionally interesting example of how expertly done organismic biology can combine information from cranial and dental anatomy, physiology, soft anatomy, and ecology to yield a pioneering synthesis such as this. Copius and well-chosen illustrations make this book a pleasure to study. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and all researchers in mammalogy and mammalian paleontology." CHOICE
"This is a book that every serious student of marsupials must excellent monograph on an active topic. It is destined to be the major reference on the subject for many years, and will surely stimulate much new work in the discipline. The book has been produced to the high standard one expects from Cambridge and is well worth the price of a dinner for two at a Sydney restaurant." Australian Zoologist
"Hume does a superb job of synthesizing an enormous amount of literature into a coherent and thought-provoking book. It is highly recommended for anyone who works in mammalogy, nutritional ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, wildlife ecology, animal biology or foraging behavior. It would serve as an excellent reference for a graduate course in digestive physiology." The Quarterly Review of Biology
"[W]ill prove a useful reference for zoologists working in comparative nutrition, ecology, or digestive physiology. If this is your area of study, there is no substitute. Veterinarians and nutritionists with interest in this subject will also be well rewarded." Canadian Veterinary Journal

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