By Carleton J. Phillips, Bernard Tandler (auth.), Hugh H. Genoways (eds.)
When I first proposed a sequence entitled present Mammalogy to the pub lishers, they have been reluctant to adopt the sort of undertaking simply because they seen the sphere of mammology as overly fragmented. before everything i discovered this concept to be tough to simply accept; besides the fact that, upon mirrored image, I got here on the subject of agreeing with it. even supposing many people paintings on mammals, we gen erally consider extra allegiance to our specialties, resembling systematics, ge netics, cytogenetics, ecology, habit, pest keep an eye on, paleontology, flora and fauna administration, primatology, and marine mammalogy, than we do to the final box of mammalogy. even if, instead of turning into discour elderly from pursuing this undertaking, I grew to become extra sure than ever sequence akin to present Mammalogy was once wanted. we are hoping to make this sequence a spot the place experts can current their principles not just to different contributors in their forte, yet to these outdoors the world to boot. with a bit of luck, this trade of rules can be a at the same time worthwhile workout. The Editorial Board of present Mammalogy has made up our minds to maintain the diversity of matters in each one quantity as extensive as attainable instead of focusing on one or issues, within the desire that this can maintain the sequence as necessary as attainable to the broadest diversity of readers.
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In summary, neurons are a group of regulated, polarized secretory cells that are extraordinarily complex in both structure and function. Neurons have great potential in the study of the evolutionary history of mammals at the cellular level, but they are more difficult to investigate than diffuse endocrine cells. One of the current difficulties is our inability to correlate the ultrastructural appearance of synaptic vesicles with their contents. This problem, however, can be solved when a qualitative technique such as immunocytochemistry is employed.
Current Mammalogy by Carleton J. Phillips, Bernard Tandler (auth.), Hugh H. Genoways (eds.)