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Feeding in Vertebrates Evolution, Morphology, Behavior, Biomechanics


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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 05/2019
Edizione: 1st ed. 2019


This book provides students and researchers with reviews of biological questions related to the evolution of feeding by vertebrates in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Based on recent technical developments and novel conceptual approaches, the book covers functional questions on trophic behavior in nearly all vertebrate groups including jawless fishes. The book describes mechanisms and theories for understanding the relationships between feeding structure and feeding behavior. Finally, the book demonstrates the importance of adopting an integrative approach to the trophic system in order to understand evolutionary mechanisms across the biodiversity of vertebrates.



Marvalee and David Wake


Chapter 1. Introduction: The trophic system: a complex tool in a complex world

Vincent Bels, and Anthony Herrel 

Part I. Overview: from structure to behavior

Chapter 2. Feeding, function, and phylogeny: status-of-the-art on biomechanics and form-function relationships in vertebrates

Elisabeth L. Brainerd, and Ariel L. Camp


Chapter 3. What does the mechanics of the skeleton tell us about evolution of form and function in vertebrates?

Emily Rayfield

Chapter 4. Food capture in Vertebrates: a complex integrative performance of the cranial and postcranial systems

Stéphane J. Montuelle, and Emily A. Kane 

Chapter 5. Transitions from water to land: terrestrial feeding in fishes

Sam Wassenbergh 

Chapter 6. The evolution of the hand as a tool in feeding behavior: the multiple motor channel theory of reaching

Ian Q. Whishaw, and Jenni M Karl 

Part II. Anatomy, Biomechanics and Behavior in chordate and vertebrate lineages

Chapter 7. Feeding in jawless fishes

Andrew J. Clark, and Theodore A. Uyeno 

Chapter 8. Feeding in cartilaginous fishes: An interdisciplinary synthesis

Daniel Huber, Cheryl Wilga, Mason Dean, Lara Ferry, Jayne Gardiner, Laura Habegger, Yannis Papastamatiou, Jason Ramsay, and Lisa Whitenack

Chapter 9. Functional Morphology and Biomechanics of Feeding in Fishes

Nicholas J Gidmark, Kelsie Pos, Bonne Matheson, Esai Ponce, and Mark W. Westneat


Chapter 10. Evolutionary specialization of the tongue in vertebrates: structure and function

Shin-ichi Iwasaki, Serkan Erdogan and Tomoichiro Asami

Chapter 11. Tetrapod Teeth: Diversity, Evolution, and Function

Peter S. Ungar, and Hans-Dieter Sue

Chapter 12. Feeding in amphibians: evolutionary transformations and phenotypic diversity as drivers of feeding system diversity

Anthony Herrel, James C. O’Reilly, Anne-Claire Fabre, Carla Bardua, Aurélien Lowie, Renaud Boistel, and Stanislav N. Gorb

Chapter 13. Feeding in lizards: form –function and complex multifunctional system

Vincent Bels, Anne-Sophie Paindavoine, Leïla-Nastasia Zghikh, Emeline Paulet, Jean-Pierre Pallandre, and Stéphane Montuelle

Chapter 14. Feeding in snakes: form, function, and evolution of the feeding system

Brad R. Moon, David A. Penning, Marion Segall, and Anthony Herrel

Chapter 15. Feeding in crocodylians and their relatives: functional insights from ontogeny and evolution

Paul M. Gignac, Haley D. O’Brien, A. H. Turner, and Greg M. Erickson

Chapter 16. Feeding in turtles: understanding terrestrial and aquatic feeding in a diverse but monophyletic group

Patrick Lemell, Nikolay Natchev, Christian Beisser, and Egon Heiss

Chapter 17. Feeding in Birds: Thriving in Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Aerial Niches

Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Diego Sustaita, Sander Gussekloo, Aaron Olsen, Jen Bright, Clay Corbin, and Robert Dudley

Chapter 18. F Feeding in mammals: comparative, experimental and evolutionary insights on form and function

Susan H. Williams 

Chapter 19. Feeding in Aquatic Mammals: An Evolutionary and Functional Approach

Christopher D. Marshall, and Nicholas D. Pyenson


Chapter 20. Evolution, constraint and optimality in primate feeding systems

Callum F. Ross, and Jose Iriarte-Diaz


Chapter 21. The Masticatory Apparatus of Humans (Homo sapiens): Evolution and Comparative Functional Morphology

Christopher J. Vinyard, Mark F. Teaford, Christine E. Wall, and Andrea B. Taylor


Vincent Bels was born in Verviers, Belgium. His Ph.D. in Ethology and Functional Morphology at the University of Liège (Liège, Belgium) integrated theoretical concepts on morphology in feeding animals. He has used lizards as a model to clarify the process of behavioral ritualization in evolution. After completing his studies, he served as a Research Fellow and then Assistant at the University of Liège (Belgium). He then taught Biology, Zoology and Ecology and developed applied research methods for studying feeding behavior in domestic animals at the Hautes Ecoles (Hainaut, Belgium) and the Associated Agronomic Centre (Belgium). He is currently a Professor at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France), where he has served as joint director of one Research Mixed Unit (CNRS/MNHN, France). He has taught Functional Morphology at the University of Mons (Belgium). Professor Bels belongs to the Scientific Committee of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France), and serves in Scientific Sections of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France). He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and 6 books on feeding and locomotion in vertebrates. In 1994, he edited “Biomechanics of Feeding in Vertebrates” in the series Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology (volume 18) published by Springer. Professor Bels’ research chiefly focuses on feeding, drinking and displays in lizards, turtles and birds, but he has also studied feeding and the relation between feeding and locomotion in vertebrates. His research goal is to integrate behavioral, physiological and morphological science into a comprehensive understanding of the “Form-Function” relationship of the trophic system in vertebrates.

Ian Q. Whishaw received his Ph.D. from Western University and is a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, Cambridge University, and the University of Strasbourg. He is a fellow of Clair Hall, Cambridge, the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient the Canadian Humane Society Bronze medal for bravery, the Ingrid Speaker Gold medal for research, the distinguished teaching medal from the University of Lethbridge and the Donald O Hebb Prize. He has received the Key to the City of Lethbridge and has honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers University and the University of Lethbridge. He is a coauthor of a major introductory textbook in Behavioural Neuroscience and a major senior textbook in Neuropsychology. His research addresses the neural basis of skilled movement and the neural basis of brain disease. The Institute for Scientific Information includes him in its list of most cited neuroscientists. His hobby is training horses for western performance events.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Fascinating Life Sciences
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 1895 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:XVIII, 865 p. 267 illus., 130 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 865
Pagine Romane: xviii

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