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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

Chapter:
(p.187) Chapter Eight The Influence of Flight on Patterns of Body Size Diversity and Heritability
Source:
Animal Body Size
Author(s):
Felisa A. SmithS. Kathleen LyonsKate E. JonesBrian A. MaurerJames H. Brown
Publisher:
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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