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Evolutionary Biomechanics

Graham Taylor and Adrian Thomas


Evolutionary biomechanics is the study of evolution through the analysis of biomechanical systems. Its unique advantage is the precision with which physical constraints and performance can be predicted from first principles. Biomechanical examples illustrate particularly clearly the optimising tendency of natural selection, and the way in which adaptive change is contingent upon phylogenetic history and physical constraint. Instead of reviewing the entire breadth of the biomechanical literature, this book explores a few key examples in depth, as vehicles for discussing fundamental concepts, an ... More

Keywords: biomechanics, evolution, natural selection, adaptation, optimization, Pareto, adaptive landscape, constraint, comparative method, phylogeny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Taylor, author
University Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford, UK

Adrian Thomas, author
Professor of Biomechanics, University of Oxford, UK