The Morphophysiological Adaptations of Browsing and Grazing Mammals (Article, 2008) [WorldCat.org]
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The Morphophysiological Adaptations of Browsing and Grazing Mammals

Author: Marcus Clauss Affiliation: Division of Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 260, Zurich, 8057, Switzerland; Thomas Kaiser Affiliation: Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, Hamburg, 20146, Germany; Jürgen Hummel Affiliation: Institute of Animal Science, Department of Animal Nutrition, University of Bonn, Endenicher Allee 15, Bonn, 53115, Germany
Edition/Format: Chapter Chapter : English
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The behaviour, physiology and morphology of animals are the outcome of adaptations to particular ecological niches they occupy or once occupied. Studying the correlation between a given set of characteristics of an ecological niche and the morphological and physiological adaptations of organisms to these characteristics is one of the most basic approaches to comparative biology, and has fuelled scientific interest  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Clauss Affiliation: Division of Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 260, Zurich, 8057, Switzerland; Thomas Kaiser Affiliation: Biozentrum Grindel and Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, Hamburg, 20146, Germany; Jürgen Hummel Affiliation: Institute of Animal Science, Department of Animal Nutrition, University of Bonn, Endenicher Allee 15, Bonn, 53115, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-540-72421-6 978-3-540-72422-3
Publication:Gordon, Iain J., iain.gordon@csiro.au, PMB PO Aitkenvale, Qld 4814, Australia; The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing; 47-88; Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5661750693
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The behaviour, physiology and morphology of animals are the outcome of adaptations to particular ecological niches they occupy or once occupied. Studying the correlation between a given set of characteristics of an ecological niche and the morphological and physiological adaptations of organisms to these characteristics is one of the most basic approaches to comparative biology, and has fuelled scientific interest for generations (Gould 2002). However, current scientific standards cannot be met by mere descriptions of both the characteristics of the niche and the organism, and a (hypothetical) intuitive explanation for the adaptive relevance of the latter; the presence or absence of a characteristic must be demonstrated in sound statistical terms (Hagen 2003) ideally supported by experimental data (from in vivo, in vitro, or model assays) on its adaptive relevance.

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