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Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator   By: (1872-)

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In "Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator" by A. M. (Albert Moore) Reese, readers are presented with an informative and comprehensive exploration of the digestive system of one of nature's most fascinating creatures. Reese masterfully combines his expertise in developmental biology with a deep understanding of the American alligator, resulting in a valuable resource for both researchers and enthusiasts alike.

The book comprises detailed descriptions and illustrations that vividly depict the developmental stages and structural changes occurring within the digestive canal of the American alligator. From the initial formation of the digestive system during embryogenesis to its fully functional state in adulthood, Reese provides an in-depth analysis of every phase. This meticulous dissection of the gastrointestinal tract allows readers to grasp the intricacies of alligator anatomy and gain a profound appreciation for the evolutionary process.

One of the highlights of this book is the author's clever utilization of histology and electron microscopy techniques. By incorporating these tools, Reese delves deeper into the cellular and molecular aspects of digestion in alligators. These microscopic investigations provide crucial insights into the adaptation of the alligator's digestive system, shedding light on its unique ability to consume a diverse range of prey.

Moreover, Reese's writing style is accessible and engaging, ensuring that readers from various backgrounds can comprehend and appreciate his findings. He strikes a balance between technical analysis and captivating storytelling, successfully capturing the reader's interest throughout the entire book. Additionally, the inclusion of numerous images, diagrams, and tables clarifies complex concepts and aids in visualizing the developmental processes discussed.

While the book primarily focuses on the digestive canal of the American alligator, Reese thoughtfully touches upon the broader significance of this research. He emphasizes the relevance of studying developmental biology in understanding the evolutionary history of not only alligators but also other reptiles and vertebrates. This broader perspective enriches the reader's experience and underscores the importance of continued scientific exploration in biology.

"Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator" is a valuable contribution to the field of developmental biology and herpetology. Albert Moore Reese's expertise and passion for his subject matter are evident throughout the book, making it an essential resource for researchers, students, and anyone fascinated by the wonders of the natural world. With its meticulous examination of the American alligator's digestive system, this book illuminates the beauty and complexity of evolutionary adaptation, leaving a lasting impression on its readers.

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[Transcriber's Note:

Superscript numbers are shown by ^. A few minor printing errors are listed at the end of the text.]

Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 56 Number 11


With Fifteen Plates

By ALBERT M. REESE Professor of Zoology, West Virginia University

[Illustration: Smithsonian symbol]

(Publication 1946)

City of Washington Published by the Smithsonian Institution 1910

The Lord Baltimore Press BALTIMORE, MD., U. S. A.



Professor of Zoology, West Virginia University

In a previous paper (6) the writer described the general features in the development of the American Alligator; and in other papers special features were taken up in more detail.

In the present paper the development of the enteron is described in detail, but the derivatives of the digestive tract (liver, pancreas, lungs, etc.) are mentioned only incidentally; the development of these latter structures may be described in a later paper.

No detailed description of the histological changes taking place during development has been attempted, though a brief description of the histology is given for each stage discussed... Continue reading book >>

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