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Animal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach

Duncan J. Irschick and Timothy E. Higham


This work examines the wonders of animal athletics, both from an ecological perspective and from an evolutionary perspective. Animals are remarkable for their amazing abilities to perform tasks such as running, jumping, feeding, vocalization, and others. Many of these abilities far exceed what humans can accomplish, such as the ability of a rattlesnake to shake its tail at 90 Hz, or the ability of a mako shark to swim 50 km/h! These remarkable abilities have evolved to enable these animals to survive, often within very harsh conditions. This book examines how such abilities have evolved, how t ... More

Keywords: athletics, evolution, ecology, diversity, animal, function, form, morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan J. Irschick, author
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

Timothy E. Higham, author
Associate Professor of Biology, University of California Riverside, USA