Ontogeny, Functional Ecology, and Evolution of Bats

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The study of animal development has deep historical roots in codifying the field of evolutionary biology. In the 1940s, evolutionary theory became engulfed by microevolutionary genetic analysis and development became focused on mechanisms, forsaking the evolutionary implications of ontogeny. Recently, ontogeny has resurfaced as a significant component of evolutionary change, population, and community dynamics. Ontogeny, Functional Ecology and Evolution of Bats is a unique reference work by bat biologists who emphasize the importance of understanding ontogeny in the analysis of evolution and ecology. In addition, the developmental underpinnings of specialized morphology, physiology, and behavior are elucidated, and the strong influence of ecology on the ontological niche of juvenile bats is illustrated. This book is an essential reference for bat biologists, and all those working in the fields of ecology, developmental biology, evolution, behavior, and systematics.

Table of Contents

Integrating ontogeny into ecological and evolutionary investigations
Bat phylogeny: an evolutionary context for comparative studies
Early embryology, fetal membranes and placentation
Brain ontogeny and ecomorphology in bats
Evolutionary plasticity and ontogeny of the bat cochlea
Skull growth and the acoustic axis of the head in bats
Ontogeny of the chiropteran basicranium, with reference to the Indian false vampire bat
A theoretical consideration of dental morphology, ontogeny and evolution in bats
Wing ontogeny, shifting niche dimensions, and adaptive landscapes
Ontogeny and evolution of the hindlimb and calcar: assessing phylogenetic trends
A comparative perspective on the ontogeny of flight muscles in bats
Ontogeny, evolution and phylogeny of social behavior
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