Animal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach by Duncan J. IrschickAnimal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach by Duncan J. Irschick

Animal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach

byDuncan J. Irschick, Timothy E. Higham

Paperback | January 10, 2016

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Animals perform many athletic tasks to an amazing degree of accomplishment: not only spectacular feats of running and jumping but also routine actions that ensure survival such as feeding, vocalization, diving, flying, and many more. The study of performance capacity (defined as the ability ofan animal to conduct a key task) is of great interest to both ecologists and evolutionary biologists. At an ecological level, how well individuals perform often dictates opportunities for reproduction, occupation of preferred territories, or capturing prey. Therefore, variation in performancecapacities can be a key determinant of variation in fitness within animal populations. At an evolutionary level, variation in function often follows closely from variation in form, and therefore enables animals to invade novel habitats, or to overtake other species. This novel book examines how andwhy animal athletes have evolved. It uses examples from across the animal kingdom and integrates them in the broader context of ecology and evolution, thereby identifying common themes that transcend taxonomic divisions. Animal Athletes is an accessible textbook of particular relevance to undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and professionals in the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, vertebrate morphology, and functional morphology, and will also appeal to the interested layperson.
Duncan J. Irschick is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His interests include the evolution of form and function, ecology, and biomechanics. He has worked with many different animal species, including lizards, snakes, spiders, mammals, and sharks. He obtained his PhD from Washington U...
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Title:Animal Athletes: An Ecological and Evolutionary ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:January 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296553

ISBN - 13:9780199296552

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Table of Contents

1. Animal performance: an overview2. The ecology of performance I: Studies of fitness3. The ecology of performance II: Performance in nature4. The ecology of performance III: Physiological ecology5. The evolution of performance I: Mechanism and anatomy6. The evolution of performance II: Convergence, key innovations, and adaptation.7. Trade-offs and constraints on performance8. Sexual selection and performance9. Extreme performance: The good, the bad, and the extremely rapid10. Genetics, geographic variation, and community ecology11. Human performance: A link to non-human animals12. Conclusion