Ecomorphology of Bats : Comparative and Experimental Approaches Relating Structural Design to Ecology

  title={Ecomorphology of Bats : Comparative and Experimental Approaches Relating Structural Design to Ecology},
  author={Sharon M. Swartz and Patricia W. Freeman and Elizabeth F. Stockwell},
Introduction Interconnections between morphological design and function are central to biology; they underlie natural patterns in species distribution, phylogenetic diversifi cation, and morphological specialization. At its core, ecomorphology explores the causal relationships between organismal design and behavioral performance and investigates how these relationships infl uence an organ-ism's ability to exploit its environment. To the extent that we can understand mechanisms that dictate… CONTINUE READING
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