VERTEBRATE FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY: HORIZON OF RESEARCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Hiran M. Dutta and J. S. Datta Munshi (eds.). 2001. Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, New Hampshire. ISBN 1-57808-098-3. 487 p. $138.00 (hardbound).—Vertebrate functional morphology has become a diverse discipline that includes anatomy, development, behavior, physiology, physics, and evolution. When buying a book on functional morphology, a biologist might be looking for an introductory or advanced text for a course or searching for a detailed review of a particular topic such as the functional morphology of feeding or locomotion. This volume, with its alluring subtitle Horizon of Research in the 21st Century, is neither an overview of the field nor an exploration of a single theme. Instead, it is a collection of papers on diverse topics in functional morphology, mostly using histology as the central technique. It is a valuable collection of papers on some relatively unexplored facets of histology and...

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