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

By Duncan J. Irschick,Timothy E. Higham

Animals practice many athletic initiatives to an awesome measure of feat: not just surprising feats of operating and leaping but additionally regimen activities that be sure survival comparable to feeding, vocalization, diving, flying, and plenty of extra. The research of functionality ability (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 members practice frequently dictates
opportunities for copy, career of most well-liked territories, or shooting prey. as a result, edition in functionality capacities could be a key determinant of edition in health inside animal populations. At an evolutionary point, edition in functionality frequently follows heavily from version in form,
and accordingly permits animals to invade novel habitats, or to overhaul different species. This novel booklet examines how and why animal athletes have developed. It makes use of examples from around the animal country and integrates them within the broader context of ecology and evolution, thereby picking out universal issues 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 useful morphology, and also will entice the layperson.

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