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Evolutionary Biomechanics$
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Graham Taylor and Adrian Thomas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566373.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Themes
Evolutionary Biomechanics

Graham K. Taylor

Adrian L. R. Thomas

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out the objectives and scope of this book, the overarching aim of which is to develop a framework for analysing the interaction between selection, phylogeny, and constraint in the context of biomechanical systems. Simple examples from biology and engineering are used to introduce the general themes that are developed in later chapters with the aid of more complex biomechanical examples.

Keywords:   evolutionary biomechanics, selection, phylogeny, constraint, scaling, form and function, adaptation, wing design, trade-off

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