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Felisa A. Smith and S. Kathleen Lyons

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.001.0001

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The Influence of Flight on Patterns of Body Size Diversity and Heritability

The Influence of Flight on Patterns of Body Size Diversity and Heritability

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(p.187) Chapter Eight The Influence of Flight on Patterns of Body Size Diversity and Heritability
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Animal Body Size
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Felisa A. Smith

S. Kathleen Lyons

Kate E. Jones

Brian A. Maurer

James H. Brown

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.003.0009

This chapter examines the influence of flight on patterns of body size diversification and evolution for birds and bats. The results show that phylogenetic relationships are more constraining than the functional or biomechanical limitations imposed by flight. Despite sharing a major evolutionary innovation with birds, bats demonstrate the same patterns of heritability and body size diversification as other mammals.

Keywords:   flying, bats, birds, body size diversification, evolution

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