Bibliographic Details

Arthropod brains : evolution, functional elegance, and historical significance / Nicholas James Strausfeld.

Author / Creator Strausfeld, Nicholas James, 1942-
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012 [i.e. 2011], c2012.
Description xvi, 830 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Arthropoda -- Nervous system.
Arthropoda -- Nervous system -- Research -- History.
Brain -- Evolution.
Brain -- Evolution -- Research -- History.
Arthropoda -- Nervous system.
Brain -- Evolution.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Strausfeld, Nicholas James, 1942-
ISBN 9780674046337 (alk. paper)
0674046331 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [607]-790) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Arthropods are known to show elaborate behaviors, which are produced and/or controlled by versatile brains. Here, Strausfeld (Univ. of Arizona), a leading researcher in arthropod neurobiology, has effectively pulled together, with anatomical observations, information on molecular biology, neuroethology, cladistics, and even the fossil record. His goal is to comprehensively explain how arthropod brains are able to process sensory information to produce the behaviors they exhibit. Strausfeld also provides a brief history of pioneers in his field. Beautiful and excellent illustrations accompany all of this content. Summary diagrams of current knowledge furnish information that is easily understandable by those unacquainted with arthropods' nervous systems and most particularly their brains. This excellent treatise is not only pedagogic but also artistic and elegant. The only drawback is that even though the references are provided in the notes for each chapter, the lack of an alphabetized bibliography makes it complicated and confusing to look for and locate any particular author's cited publication. Nonetheless, this book will be a valuable resource for anyone even slightly interested in the neurobiology of arthropods. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. J. M. Gonzalez Texas A&M University

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