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On the mechanical reduction of functional morphology

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Journal of Theoretical Biology
0022-5193
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
96
Issue
1
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-5193(82)90160-6

Abstract

Abstract Much of the literature in functional morphology is concerned with attempts to understand the mechanical nature of evolutionary adaptations, i.e. how organisms are like machines. It is argued that a more justifiable orientation would be to evaluate the constraints which limit the mechanical efficiency of structures, in other words, why organisms are different from machines.

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