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Principles of Animal Design
The Optimization and Symmorphosis Debate

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Ewald R. Weibel, Liana Bolis, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Steven Vogel, Jared M. Diamond, R. McNeil Alexander, Malcolm S. Gordon, Theodore Garland, Jr, Martin E. Feder, Robert E. Ricklefs, Simon Maddrell, Pieter Dullemeijer, Andrew A. Biewener, Daniel E. Lieberman, Alfred W. Crompton, James W. Glasheen, Dirk Pette, Robert S. Staron, H. Lee Sweeney, Lawrence C. Rome, Thomas J. Roberts, Daniel Weihs, Stan L. Lindstedt, Paul A. Srere, Peter W. Hochachka, Keven E. Conley, Raul K. Suarez, Pierre Dejours, Connie C. W. Hsia, John N. Maina, Edwin W. Taylor, David Randall, Amiram Shkolnik, Kimberly A. Hammond, Ian D. Hume, Reinhold R. Hofmann, Wolfgang Wieser, Ricardo Martinez-Ruiz, James H. Jones, Jean-Michel Weber, Hans Hoppeler, Yvon Le Maho, Mohamed Bnouham, Richard D. Keynes, Simon B. Laughlin, Eviatar Nevo
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  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583701

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  • This book discusses the controversial issue of whether animals are designed according to the same rules that engineers use in building machines, namely that materials and energy are used economically while attempting to achieve a high level of performance. There is considerable scientific controversy surrounding this question because, although there is much evidence suggesting that animals are indeed well designed, evolutionary biology tells us that animals are not "engineered" but result from evolution by natural selection. In this volume these highly controversial questions are debated by eminent experts on the basis of a wealth of evidence ranging from the molecular biology and biochemistry of enzyme systems through the study of bone and muscle to the design and function of integrated systems of energy supply and the nervous system. The authors have made a special effort to present the chapters in a form that is accessible to a broad readership of biologists interested in basic principles.

    • Presents convincing evidence on structure-function relations and the role of design in the integration of function
    • A unique interdisciplinary discussion by physiologists, morphologists and evolutionary biologists
    • The contributions are by a set of very eminent biologists from a wide range of fields
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    "...rich in examples of how functionally integrated systems provide evidence for or against the theory of symmorphosis. It is, moreover, a useful source of data for those interested in issues of constraint and optimization in animal design." Evolutionary Anthropology

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    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583701
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 159 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A Tribute to C. Richard Taylor Ewald R. Weibel and Liana Bolis
    A life with animals: from cat to fish Liana Bolis
    1. Symmorphosis and optimization of biological design: introduction and questions Ewald R. Weibel
    2. How much structure is enough? Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Steven Vogel, Jared M. Diamond and R. McNeil Alexander
    3. Evolution of optimal systems Malcolm S. Gordon, Theodore Garland, Jr, Martin E. Feder and Robert E. Ricklefs
    4. Bone design and biomechanics Simon Maddrell, Pieter Dullemeijer, Andrew A. Biewener, Daniel E. Lieberman and Alfred W. Crompton
    5. Muscles and locomotion James W. Glasheen, Dirk Pette, Robert S. Staron, H. Lee Sweeney, Lawrence C. Rome, Thomas J. Roberts and Daniel Weihs
    6. Design of cells for metabolism Stan L. Lindstedt, Paul A. Srere, Peter W. Hochachka, Keven E. Conley and Raul K. Suarez
    7. Lungs and gills for gas exchange Pierre Dejours, Connie C. W. Hsia, John N. Maina, Edwin W. Taylor and David Randall
    8. Nutrient supply system Amiram Shkolnik, Kimberly A. Hammond, Ian D. Hume, Reinhold R. Hofmann and Wolfgang Wieser
    9. Integrative systems for oxygen and fuel delivery Ricardo Martinez-Ruiz, James H. Jones, Jean-Michel Weber, Hans Hoppeler, Yvon Le Maho and Mohamed Bnouham
    10. Design of nervous systems Richard D. Keynes, Simon B. Laughlin and Eviatar Nevo
    11. How good is best? Some afterthoughts on symmorphosis and optimization Ewald R. Weibel
    Index.

  • Editors

    Ewald R. Weibel, Universität Bern, Switzerland

    C. Richard Taylor

    Liana Bolis, Università degli Studi di Milano

    Contributors

    Ewald R. Weibel, Liana Bolis, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Steven Vogel, Jared M. Diamond, R. McNeil Alexander, Malcolm S. Gordon, Theodore Garland, Jr, Martin E. Feder, Robert E. Ricklefs, Simon Maddrell, Pieter Dullemeijer, Andrew A. Biewener, Daniel E. Lieberman, Alfred W. Crompton, James W. Glasheen, Dirk Pette, Robert S. Staron, H. Lee Sweeney, Lawrence C. Rome, Thomas J. Roberts, Daniel Weihs, Stan L. Lindstedt, Paul A. Srere, Peter W. Hochachka, Keven E. Conley, Raul K. Suarez, Pierre Dejours, Connie C. W. Hsia, John N. Maina, Edwin W. Taylor, David Randall, Amiram Shkolnik, Kimberly A. Hammond, Ian D. Hume, Reinhold R. Hofmann, Wolfgang Wieser, Ricardo Martinez-Ruiz, James H. Jones, Jean-Michel Weber, Hans Hoppeler, Yvon Le Maho, Mohamed Bnouham, Richard D. Keynes, Simon B. Laughlin, Eviatar Nevo

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