There is a lack of comprehensive work integrating state-of-the-art knowledge on vertebrate sensory organs. The proposed volume fills this void for the nose of amniotes (mammals, reptiles, birds). Unlike other paired sense organs, the nose combines its primary sensory function - olfaction - with other important but under-appreciated physiological functions. The book details differences and similarities in form and function of the nose, and highlights areas of knowledge still requiring investigation. This is the first volume to combine various aspects of biologic investigation of a single sensory organ in vertebrates. Further, the book has important applications for biomedical research.
Table of Contents
Taxonomic anatomy. Introduction – differences between non-amniote and amniote noses. Nose of lepidosaurs. Nose of turtles. Nose of crocodilians. Nose of birds. Nose of basal mammals. Nose of advanced placentals. Nose of primates. Nose of man. Unifying themes. Structure, development and evolution. Evo-devo of the amniote nose. Origin of the dinosaur nose. Origin of the mammalian nose. Origin of the human nose. Biomechanics of the snout. Prehensile noses. Secondary loss of nares. Nose adaptations to the atmosphere and environment. Aerial vs. aquatic olfaction. Molecular development of the olfactory nerve. Function and physiology. Vocalisation. Olfaction. Vomeronasal function. Respiratory chemofensor complex. Bacteriostasis/immunology. Thermoregulation. Vascular supply to the nose. Autonomic control of nasal cycle. CFD modelling of nasal airflow. Changes in nasal respiratory function during ontogeny. Biomedical. Nasal function during exercise. Nasal function in rhinitis. Diseases of the nose. Congenital malformations of the nasal cavity. Nose reconstruction: a plastic surgeon’s perspective.
Tomasz Owerkowicz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at California State University, San Bernardino. His lab works on the correspondence of form and function in vertebrate animals and integrates experimental techniques of comparative physiology and functional morphology. Two broad categories are the primary focus - cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal structure and function.