Biology: Life on Earth, 12th edition

  • Gerald Audesirk, 
  • Teresa Audesirk, 
  • Bruce E. Byers

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Biology: Life on Earth fosters lifelong discovery and scientific understanding, for biology majors and non-majors alike.

Published by Pearson (September 15th 2020) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780135755860

Subject: Biology

Category: Biology for non-majors

Table of contents

Biology Life on Earth, 12th Edition is available in 2 versions:
  • Biology Life on Earth, 12th Edition includes Chapters 1-31
  • Biology Life on Earth with Physiology, 12th Edition includes Chapters 1-46
  1. An Introduction to Life on Earth


  1. Atoms, Molecules, and Life
  2. Biological Molecules
  3. Cell Structure and Function
  4. Cell Membrane Structure and Function
  5. Energy Flow in the Life of a Cell
  6. Capturing Solar Energy: Photosynthesis
  7. Harvesting Energy: Glycolysis and Cellular Respiration


  1. Cellular Reproduction
  2. Meiosis: The Basis of Sexual Reproduction
  3. Patterns of Inheritance
  4. DNA: The Molecule of Heredity
  5. Gene Expression and Regulation
  6. Biotechnology


  1. Principles of Evolution
  2. How Populations Evolve
  3. The Origin of Species
  4. The History of Life
  5. Systematics: Seeking Order Amid Diversity
  6. The Diversity of Prokaryotes and Viruses
  7. The Diversity of Protists
  8. The Diversity of Plants
  9. The Diversity of Fungi
  10. Animal Diversity I: Invertebrates
  11. Animal Diversity II: Vertebrates


  1. Animal Behavior
  2. Population Growth and Regulation
  3. Community Interactions
  4. Energy Flow and Nutrient Cycling in Ecosystems
  5. Earth's Diverse Ecosystems
  6. Conserving Earth's Biodiversity


  1. Homeostasis and the Organization of the Animal Body
  2. Circulation
  3. Respiration
  4. Nutrition and Digestion
  5. The Urinary System
  6. Defenses Against Disease
  7. Chemical Control of the Animal Body: The Endocrine System
  8. The Nervous System
  9. The Senses
  10. Action and Support: The Muscles and Skeleton
  11. Animal Reproduction
  12. Animal Development


  1. Plant Anatomy and Nutrient Transport
  2. Plant Reproduction and Development
  3. Plant Responses to the Environment

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