The author of this two-volume set on the vertebrate integument takes advantage of his background in paleontology and study of extant species, as well as his special interest in the structure and function of the integument. Lingham-Soliar’s postgraduate work took him to England, Germany, and Russia before he returned to South Africa, where he currently holds a position at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and an honorary position at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The two volumes take different approaches to the vertebrate integument. The first focuses on a phylogenetic survey, and the second considers functional aspects of the integument arising from its underlying structure and properties.

In Volume 1, Lingham-Soliar incorporates a review of historical controversies that often became ungracious slug-fests. These include the...

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