INTEGRATING FUNCTION AND ECOLOGY IN STUDIES OF ADAPTATION : Investigations of Locomotor Capacity as a Model System

@inproceedings{Irschick2001INTEGRATINGFA,
  title={INTEGRATING FUNCTION AND ECOLOGY IN STUDIES OF ADAPTATION : Investigations of Locomotor Capacity as a Model System},
  author={Duncan J. Irschick and Theodore Garland},
  year={2001}
}
■ Abstract Understanding adaptation in morphological and physiological traits requires elucidation of how traits relate to whole-organism performance and how performance relates to fitness. A common assumption is that performance capacities are utilized by and important to organisms. For some systems, it is assumed that high levels of physical fitness, as indexed by measures of locomotor performance, lead to high fitness levels. Although biologists have appreciated this, little attention has… CONTINUE READING
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