Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, 12th edition

  • Gerald Audesirk
  • Teresa Audesirk
  • Bruce E. Byers

Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology, Loose-Leaf

ISBN-13:  9780134813448

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Table of contents

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



The Life of the Cell

2 Atoms, Molecules, and Life

3 Biological Molecules

4 Cell Structure and Function

5 Cell Membrane Structure and Function

6 Energy Flow in the Life of a Cell

7 Capturing Solar Energy: Photosynthesis

8 Harvesting Energy: Glycolysis and Cellular Respiration




9 Cellular Reproduction

10 Meiosis: The Basis of Sexual Reproduction

11 Patterns of Inheritance

12 DNA: The Molecule of Heredity

13 Gene Expression and Regulation

14 Biotechnology



Evolution and Diversity of Life

15 Principles of Evolution

16 How Populations Evolve

17 The Origin of Species

18 The History of Life

19 Systematics: Seeking Order Amid Diversity

20 The Diversity of Prokaryotes and Viruses

21 The Diversity of Protists

22 The Diversity of Plants

23 The Diversity of Fungi

24 Animal Diversity I: Invertebrates

25 Animal Diversity II: Vertebrates



Behavior and Ecology

26 Animal Behavior

27 Population Growth and Regulation

28 Community Interactions

29 Energy Flow and Nutrient Cycling in Ecosystems

30 Earth’s Diverse Ecosystems

31 Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity



Animal Anatomy and Physiology

32 Homeostasis and the Organization of the Animal Body

33 Circulation

34 Respiration

35 Nutrition and Digestion

36 The Urinary System

37 Defenses Against Disease

38 Chemical Control of the Animal Body: The Endocrine System

39 The Nervous System

40 The Senses

41 Action and Support: The Muscles and Skeleton

42 Animal Reproduction

43 Animal Development



Plant Anatomy and Physiology

44 Plant Anatomy and Nutrient Transport

45 Plant Reproduction and Development

46 Plant Responses to the Environment



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