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Animal AthletesAn Ecological and Evolutionary Approach$
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Duncan J. Irschick and Timothy E. Higham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296545.001.0001

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Human athletics

Human athletics

A link to nonhuman animals?

(p.220) 11 Human athletics
Animal Athletes

Duncan J. Irschick

Timothy E. Higham

Oxford University Press

Human fascination with performance in large part stems from an obsession over humans’ own athletic abilities, as well as over human limitations. When viewing a hummingbird zip around the yard or a cat perform incredible maneuvers around the house, humans continually marvel at the abilities of nonhuman animals. However, countless people tune in to the Olympics or other athletics events to marvel at the remarkable achievements of human athletes. This chapter first examines how human athletic performance is shaped through morphology, training, or other means, such as performance-enhancing drugs like steroids. It then goes on to compare humans to nonhuman animals in this regard.

Keywords:   human, athletics, steroid, performance-enhancing drug, training

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