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A Practical Guide to Vertebrate Mechanics

By: Christopher McGowan

301 pages, B/w illus, figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 1999 | #90485 | ISBN: 0521576733
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Hardback | May 1999 | #90477 | ISBN: 0521571944
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About this book

This text can be considered an engineering book for biologists, with an emphasis on the practical approach of vertebrate mechanics and functional morphology. Each topic begins with a discussion of the underlying principles, followed immediately by practical experiments and laboratory exercises.

' ... this book will be very useful for lecturers and students in zoology, anatomy, physiology, and palaeontology with interest in kinetic activity of vertebrates.' H. Petry, Institut fur Physiologie, Physiologische Chemie und Tierernahrung


Preface; Introduction; 1. A matter of scale; 2. Elasticity; 3. Measuring the strengths of materials; 4. How things break; 5. Bone as a composite material; 6. Structures and loads; 7. Engineering a skeleton; 8. Friction, lubrication and joints; 9. Muscles: the driving force of skeletons; 10. Terrestrial locomotion; 11. Fluid flow; 12. Flight and flying; 13. Swimming and swimmers; Appendix: chapter notes and responses to questions; References; Index.

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