Incluye referencias bibliográficas e índice. CONTENIDO: Vertebrate diversity, function, and evolution. -- The diversity, classification, and evolution of vertebrates. -- Vertebrate relationships and basic structure. -- Early vertebrates : jawless vertebrates and the origin of jawed vertebrates. -- Non-amniotic vertebrates : fishes and amphibians. -- Living in water. -- Radiation of the Chondrichthyes. -- Dominating life in water : the major radiation of fishes. -- Geography and ecology of the Paleozoic. -- Living on land. -- Origin and radiation of Tetrapods. -- Salamanders, anurans, and caecilians. -- Sauropsida : turtles, lepidosaurs, and birds. -- Synapsids and Sauropsids : two approaches to terrestrial life. -- Turtles. -- The lepidosaurs : tuatara, lizards, and snakes. -- Ectothermy : a low-cost approach to life. -- Geography and ecology of the Mesozoic. -- Mesozoic Diapsids : dinosaurs, crocodilians, and birds. -- Avian specializations. -- Synapsida : the mammals. -- The Synapsida and the evolution of mammals. -- Geography and ecology of the Cenozoic. -- Mammalian characteristics and diversity. -- Mammalian specializations. -- Endothermy : a high-energy approach to life. -- Body size, ecology, and sociality of mammals. -- Primate evolution and the emergence of humans. -- The impact of humans on other species of vertebrates.