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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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The evolution of performance I

The evolution of performance I

Mechanism and anatomy

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Animal Athletes

Duncan J. Irschick

Timothy E. Higham

Oxford University Press

One of the common assumptions is that function arises from variation in form and that therefore much of the performance capacities observed among animals today have evolved in step with underlying modifications in bones, muscles, and soft tissues such as tendons. Further, animals display remarkable anatomical “tricks” to display high levels of performance with structures that seem ill-suited for the activity in question. This chapter discusses the evolution of animal performance in the context of the evolution of anatomy and other mechanistic aspects. Much of the chapter focuses on vertebrates, as a substantial amount of work has been completed on their anatomical specializations.

Keywords:   anatomy, structure, muscle, tendon, form, vertebrate

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