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Author Hayssen, Virginia Douglass, author

Title Reproduction in mammals : the female perspective / Virginia Hayssen, Teri Orr
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Preface ; Acknowledgments; 1. The Female Perspective; The Female Perspective Explained Further ; Androcentric Terminology ; Using Males to Understand Females ; Language ; 2. Evolution and Diversity; Mammalian Evolution: The Major Events ; Laying on Land: The (Really) Early Years (350 MYA to 150 MYA) ; Origin of Mammals (150 MYA to Today); Origin of Lactation
Diversity of Mammals: The Big Three Diversity of Mammals: A Closer Look at Closer Relationships ; Evolution in Retrospect ; Part One: The Reproducing Female ; 3. Inheritance; Sex Chromosomes ; Sex Determination ; X-Inactivation; Epigenetics: Genetics beyond Genes; Genetics: The Central Core; 4. Anatomy; Oocyte/Ovum ; Placenta ; Ovaries
The Reproductive Tract: From the Ovaries to the Outside External Genitalia: Cloaca, Urogenital Sinus, Cervix, Vagina, Clitoris, Prostate ; Vasculature, Portal Systems, Innervation ; Mammary Glands ; Anatomy: Unanswered Questions ; 5. Physiology: Cells, Systems, Populations, and Ecology ; Four Pitfalls ; A Brief Overview of Reproductive Physiology
Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy Life-History Physiology: The Top-Down Perspective; Physiology: A Diverse Field ; Part Two: Cycles ; 6. Oogenesis to Conception; Oogenesis and Folliculogenesis ; Estrous Cycles and Neo-oogenesis; Diversity of Oogenesis and Folliculogenesis; Ovulation ; Mating ; Gamete Transport ; Conception ; In Sum: Female Choice
7. Gestation: Conception to Birth or HatchingConception to Hatching: The Monotreme Equivalent of Gestation ; Conception to Birth: Gestation and Viviparity ; Conception to Implantation ; Conceptus Changes: Blastocyst Structure and Function ; Implantation ; Gestation ; Pre- and Post-Implantation Delays and Diapause
Summary "Humans typically have only one baby at a time following nine months of pregnancy, but other mammals have 20 or more young after only a few weeks in utero. What causes this incredible reproductive diversity? Reproduction in Mammals is a fascinating examination of the diverse reproductive strategies of a broad spectrum of mammals and the ways in which natural selection has influenced that diversity. While accounts of reproduction in individual taxa abound, this unique book's comprehensive coverage gathers stories from many taxa into a single, cohesive perspective that centers on the reproductive lives of females. The authors shed light on intriguing questions such as: Do bigger moms have bigger babies? Do primates have longer pregnancies than other groups? Do aquatic animals have particular patterns? Do carnivores like lions often produce larger litters than prey species? The book opens with the authors' definition of what constitutes a female perspective and an examination of the evolution of reproduction in mammals. It then outlines the individual female: her genetics, anatomy, and physiology. From this nuanced basis, the text progresses to mirror the female reproductive cycle and includes her interactions with males and offspring. The final section contextualizes the reproductive cycle within the rest of the world - both abiotic and biotic environments. To close, the authors include dedicated chapters on human concerns: conservation and women as mammals. Readers will come away from this thought-provoking book with an understanding not only of how reproduction fits into the lives of female mammals but also of how biology has affected the enormously diverse reproductive patterns of the phenotypes we observe today."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mammals -- Reproduction.
NATURE -- Animals -- Mammals.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Mammals.
Mammals -- Reproduction
Form Electronic book
Author Orr, Teri, 1980- author.
ISBN 9781421423166