Vertebrate Sexual Cycles

Vertebrate Sexual Cycles

Vertebrate Sexual Cycles

Vertebrate Sexual Cycles

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It is the purpose of this book to present a brief but up-to-date account of our knowledge of the sexual physiology of the vertebrates. During the past generation a whole library has been written around this subject, and therefore in such small space it is impossible to do more than introduce the main facts and theories. For those who would read further, references are made throughout the text to the more important reviews and original papers, and these are listed at the end of the book. Indeed, it is hoped that this introduction to the subject may even stimulate a few of its readers to venture further and to make their own observations in this field. Particularly is it to be hoped that more zoologists will pay attention to the problems of vertebrate reproduction for, while veterinary and medical men are studying the patterns of mammalian reproduction in considerable detail, the richest results will undoubtedly come to those who can take the broader view and think in terms of the evolution of physiological mechanisms.

This book was begun in the University of Sheffield and completed in the University of Utrecht. It is a great pleasure to acknowledge the encouragement and friendly criticism received in Sheffield from Professor L. E. S. Eastham and Dr. E. T. B. Francis, and in Utrecht from Professor G. J. van Oordt and his various colleagues. Since many of the fields of research here reviewed have been investigated in Professor van Oordt's department, it is particularly fortunate that opportunity has been found to make a protracted visit to Utrecht. This has been made possible by grants from the Royal Society of London and the University of Sheffield, and also by the extraordinary generosity and hospitality of the Dutch . . .

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