Ontogeny, Functional Ecology, and Evolution of Bats

Ontogeny, Functional Ecology, and Evolution of Bats

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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 analyses of microevolutionary genetics and development became focused on mechanisms, forsaking the evolutionary implications of ontogeny. Recently, ontogeny has resurfaced as a significant component of evolutionary change and also of population and community dynamics. Ontogeny, Functional Ecology and Evolution of Bats is a reference work by bat biologists who emphasize the importance of understanding ontogeny in analyses of evolution and ecology. In addition, the developmental underpinnings of specialized morphology, physiology and behaviour are elucidated, and the strong influence of ecology on the ontological niche of juvenile bats is illustrated. This book is an essential reference, not only for bat biologists, but for anyone working in the fields of ecology, developmental biology, evolution, behaviour and systematics.introduction Social organization in bats varies enormously. At one extreme, animals may remain solitary for much of the time. Several ... Most bat species clearly have ample opportunities for social interactions, both at roosts and away from them, ... I begin by examining the scant literature on social interactions among pups in maternity colonies. ... The main questions that I ask are: how do infants shift from becoming largely dependent on maternal behaviors to becoming independent?

Title:Ontogeny, Functional Ecology, and Evolution of Bats
Author:Rick A. Adams, Scott C. Pedersen
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2000-06-15


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