Principles and Patterns of Bat Movements: From Aerodynamics to Ecology

  title={Principles and Patterns of Bat Movements: From Aerodynamics to Ecology},
  author={Christian Claus Voigt and Winifred F. Frick and Marc W. Holderied and Richard A. Holland and Gerald Kerth and Marco Aurelio Ribeiro Mello and Raina K. Plowright and Sharon M. Swartz and Yossi Yovel},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={267 - 287}
Movement ecology as an integrative discipline has advanced associated fields because it presents not only a conceptual framework for understanding movement principles but also helps formulate predictions about the consequences of movements for animals and their environments. Here, we synthesize recent studies on principles and patterns of bat movements in context of the movement ecology paradigm. The motion capacity of bats is defined by their highly articulated, flexible wings. Power… 
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