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 projects to an grand measure of achievement: not just brilliant feats of working and leaping but additionally regimen activities that confirm survival reminiscent of feeding, vocalization, diving, flying, and lots of extra. The examine of functionality skill (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 usually 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 version in health inside of animal populations. At an evolutionary point, version in functionality frequently follows heavily from version in form,
and as a result allows animals to invade novel habitats, or to overhaul different species. This novel booklet examines how and why animal athletes have advanced. It makes use of examples from around the animal state and integrates them within the broader context of ecology and evolution, thereby selecting universal topics that go beyond taxonomic divisions.

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

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