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作者 Lailvaux, Simon, author
書名 Feats of strength : how evolution shapes animal athletic abilities / Simon Lailvaux
出版項 New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
國際標準書號 9780300222593 (hardback)
0300222599 (hardback)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人社中心  QP301 L23 2018    在架上    30560400638661
說明 xiii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
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附註 "A fascinating exploration of the extreme world of animal athletics, how these stunning abilities have evolved, and their insights into human performance and evolution. How is it that fish can climb waterfalls, snakes glide, and cheetahs run so fast? Natural and sexual selection has driven the evolution of diverse and stunning athletic abilities throughout the animal kingdom. Drawing on decades of performance research, integrative biologist Simon Lailvaux highlights the ecological and evolutionary importance of these abilities, which include running, jumping, flying, biting, climbing, and swimming, and explains the many reasons they exist. He describes the methods and tools scientists use to measure animal performance--remote sensing technologies that can capture a cheetah's running speed, or force meters that gauge the strength of a lizard's bite or crab's grip--as well as the reasons why they act this way. Using examples from the smallest insects to birds, whales, and even dinosaurs, Lailvaux provides a unique glimpse into a vibrant, eclectic field of research and points to new directions for understanding performance evolution in both animals and humans."-- Dust jacket
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-266) and index
主題 Animal mechanics
Evolution (Biology)
Natural selection
Animals -- Variation
Animal diversity
Natural history
Physiology. fast (OCoLC)fst01063177
Animal mechanics. fast (OCoLC)fst00809296
Animal diversity. fast (OCoLC)fst01432021
Animals -- Variation. fast (OCoLC)fst00809558
Evolution (Biology) fast (OCoLC)fst00917302
Natural history. fast (OCoLC)fst01034268
Natural selection. fast (OCoLC)fst01034520
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