New PDF release: The giraffe: biology, ecology, evolution and behaviour

By Bryan Shorrocks

ISBN-10: 111858743X

ISBN-13: 9781118587430

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ISBN-13: 9781118587447

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Offers a complete assessment of 1 of nature's most tasty mammals

  • Covers fossil background, taxonomy, genetics, body structure, biomechanics, habit, ecology, and conservation
  • Includes genetic research of 5 of the six subspecies of contemporary giraffes
  • Includes giraffe community stories from Laikipia Kenya, Etosha nationwide Park, Namibia andSamburu nationwide Reserve, Kenya

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1 Smoothed maps of entire skin thickness based on measurements done macroscopically with sliding callipers. Source: adapted from Sathar et al. (2010). Reproduced with permission from John Wiley & Sons. superficial dermis. Each region of the body dis­ played a high or very high density of collagen fibres, indicating that collagen fibres formed the dominant feature of the dermal tissue as noted previously (Dimond & Montagna 1975; Mitchell & Skinner 2004). The authors conclude that the skin in the neck and legs shows a morphology that may assist in cardiovascular regulation of blood flow to and from the head and legs (see later), and the skin of the trunk and anterior neck has the possibility of functioning in a p­rotective role.

5 My (Pickford 1975). Churcher (1978), summarising information known at the time, said it was present in East and South Africa from the late Miocene to mid‐Pleistocene. 5 Mya. 2 Mya (Hsiu et al. 1977). The area affected would have included North Africa, and G. jumae may have reached the Langebaanweg during this crisis, and perhaps even as a consequence of it. Leakey (1965) described its morphology on the basis of a skull and other fragments obtained from Rawi Gully, southwestern Kenya. A second specimen found in 1963 was described by Leakey in 1970, and he concluded G.

In the wildlife trade. Sadly, the implication is that e­lephants need protection, because they are on Appendix I or II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), while giraffes do not ! Yates et al. (2010) have extended this work by using cross‐section analysis and light micros­ copy to analyse the tail hair morphology of 18 individual African elephants, 18 Asian elephants and 40 giraffes. Buys and Keogh (1984) note that giraffe hairs show a pigment‐orientated feature in that in some of the lighter hairs, the pigment is seen on one side of the hair only.

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