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Movement in Air

Andrew A. Biewener and Shelia N. Patek (eds)

in Animal Locomotion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198743156
eISBN:
9780191803031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198743156.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Ecology

Aerial flight involves the same fluid mechanical principles as aquatic locomotion. However, the 800-fold lower density of air compared with water has marked consequences on the mechanisms of aerial ... More


Adaptation in avian wing design

Graham K. Taylor and Adrian L. R. Thomas

in Evolutionary Biomechanics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780198566373
eISBN:
9780191779459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566373.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics, Ornithology

This chapter uses the phylogenetically controlled comparative method to test empirically for adaptation in the flight morphology of birds. Comparative data on the morphology, ecology, and behaviour ... More


Flight

John D. Altringham

in Bats: From Evolution to Conservation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199207114
eISBN:
9780191810015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199207114.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter examines the evolution of flight in bats. It looks into some basic aerodynamics principles such as aerofoils, flight theory, and the mechanics of flapping flight, and applies them to ... More


Form and function in flight

Graham K. Taylor and Adrian L. R. Thomas

in Evolutionary Biomechanics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780198566373
eISBN:
9780191779459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566373.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics, Ornithology

This chapter combines dimensional analysis with simple physical reasoning to make directional predictions about how biomechanical performance should vary with morphology, using bird flight as an ... More


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