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This  book  is  devoted  to  the  study  of  invertebrate  animals.  While  most  people 

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associate  the  word  "animal"  with  fish,  amphibians,  reptiles,  birds,  and  mammals, 

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90%  of  the  animal  species  on  earth  are  invertebrates,  i.e.,  they  have  no 

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backbone.  Protozoans  and  invertebrate  animals  are  found  world-wide,  from  the 

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bottom  of  the  oceans  to  the  the  rain  forests,  ice  caves,  and  our  own  back  yards. 

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Many  invertebrates  still  reside  in  the  oceans,  while  others  dwell  in  our  houses, 

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back  yards  and  gardens,  in  ponds  and  streams,  and  on  the  menus  in  seafood 

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restaurants.  Holders's  book  represents  a traversal  of  several  dozen  familiar  and 

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not-so-familiar  animals  without  backbones  whose  ancestors  date  back  to  the 

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Cambrian  period  500  million  years  ago. 

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