On the mechanical reduction of functional morphology☆
Review articleOpen access
1982/05/07 Full-length article DOI: 10.1016/0022-5193(82)90160-6
Journal: Journal of Theoretical Biology
AbstractMuch 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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