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Ecophysiology of the Camelidae and Desert Ruminants

  • Richard Trevor Wilson
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Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Richard Trevor Wilson
    Pages 1-3
  3. Richard Trevor Wilson
    Pages 4-12
  4. Richard Trevor Wilson
    Pages 13-41
  5. Richard Trevor Wilson
    Pages 42-93
  6. Richard Trevor Wilson
    Pages 94-103
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 104-120

About this book

Introduction

I have spent less time in the arid zone in the last few years than I did during the 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's. This results from a progression through age and a career structure which gradually shifted the emphasis of my work from being essentially field-oriented to essentially office-hound. When, therefore, I was asked by John Cloudsley-Thompson to undertake the writing of this hook I hesitated for two reasons. One reason was that, although I now had access to good library facilities and kept up with the literature on the arid zones and their fauna, I was not sure that a sedentary and pleasant life in a temperate highland island in tropieal Africa would provide a mental attitude suitable to writing a hook which related to areas where life is usually nomadie and often extremely disagreeable. The other reason was that I was uncertain whether I could devote the time necessary to researehing and writing the hook on top of my professional (which now specifical­ ly excluded research in the arid zones and on camels) and social (new-found and time-consuming) commitments. In the event I accepted and the fates were kind to me. By some peculiar combination of circumstances I was given the opportunity to spend a considerable part of the first half of 1988 in some of the driest areas of the globe. I had already visited all of the locations used for the construction of Fig. 2.

Keywords

adaptation desert ecophysiology environment nutrition physiology thermoregulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Trevor Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Umberleigh, North DevonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-74483-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74485-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74483-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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