Animal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach by Duncan J. Irschick,Timothy E. Higham PDF

By Duncan J. Irschick,Timothy E. Higham

Animals practice many athletic projects to an grand measure of achievement: not just remarkable feats of working and leaping but additionally regimen activities that be sure survival similar to feeding, vocalization, diving, flying, and lots of extra. The examine of functionality capability (defined because the skill of an animal to behavior a key activity) is of serious curiosity to either ecologists and evolutionary biologists. At an ecological point, how good participants practice frequently dictates
opportunities for copy, career of most well-liked territories, or taking pictures prey. as a result, version in functionality capacities could be a key determinant of version in health inside animal populations. At an evolutionary point, edition in functionality usually follows heavily from edition in form,
and consequently permits animals to invade novel habitats, or to overhaul different species. This novel e-book examines how and why animal athletes have developed. It makes use of examples from around the animal nation and integrates them within the broader context of ecology and evolution, thereby deciding upon universal topics that go beyond taxonomic divisions.

Animal Athletes is an obtainable textbook of specific relevance to undergraduates, graduate scholars, researchers, and pros within the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, vertebrate morphology, and practical morphology, and also will entice the layperson.

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