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Deciphering Growth (Research and Perspectives in Endocrine Interactions)

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An organism’s body size tells us a lot about how it makes a living, suggesting that body size is a key parameter in evolution. We outline three large-scale trends in body size evolution. Bergmann’s Rule is the tendency for warm-blooded species at high latitudes to be larger than their close relatives nearer the equator. The Island Rule is the trend for small species to become larger, and large species smaller, on islands. Cope’s Rule, which we discuss in much more detail, is the tendency for lineages to increase in size over evolutionary time. Trends are best studied by combining data on evolutionary relationships among species with fossil information on how characters have changed through time. After highlighting some methodological pitfalls that can trap unwary researchers, we summarise evidence that Cope’s Rule, while not being by any means universal, has operated in some very different animal groups – from microfauna (single-celled Foraminifera) to megafauna (dinosaurs) - and we discuss the possibility that natural selection and clade selection may pull body size in opposite directions. Despite size’s central importance, there is little evidence that body size differences among related groups affect their evolutionary success: careful comparisons rarely reveal any correlation between size and present-day diversity. We end by touching on human impacts, which are often more severe on larger species.
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Database Processing (12th Edition)
Database Processing (12th Edition)

The 12th edition of Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation refines the organization and content of this classic textbook to reflect a new teaching and professional workplace environment. Students and other readers of this book will benefit from new content and features in this edition.

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Constructing Accessible Web Sites
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Accessibility is about making websites that don't exclude people with visual, aural, or physical disabilities. Through real-world examples, this practical book will teach you how to create or retrofit accessible websites quickly and easily.

This book is aimed toward web professionals creating accessible websites or updating existing...

Dealing with Dementia: A Guide to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
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This work examines dementia with a special focus on Alzheimer's disease. A down-to-earth, comprehensive, and compassionate resource, this guide provides guidance for anyone struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis of dementia for themselves or a loved one. Filled with practical advice on drug treatments, complementary therapies, and...

iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners, iOS 5 Edition
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The iPhone is the hottest gadget of our generation, and much of its success has been fueled by the App Store, Apple’s online marketplace for iPhone applications. Over 1 billion apps were downloaded during the nine months following the launch of the App Store, ranging from the simplest games to the most complex business apps....

Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development - Made Simple
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Welcome to your first real-life enterprise ADF application! The book you are holding in your hands is about building serious applications with Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF). You know that actual development work is only one part of a successful project, and that you also need structure, processes, and tools.

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The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes
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Featuring a collection of newly commissioned essays, edited by two leading scholars, this Handbook surveys the key research findings in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). * Provides a state-of-the-art overview of the origins and evolution, current research, and future directions in ESP * Features newly-commissioned...

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