How the function performed by a skeleton, or a portion of a skeleton, relates to the form of that skeleton or individual bone is the focus of attention of this neat and well-organized book. This type of subject has been covered on other occasions by doyens such as R. McNeill Alexander in a number of books – notably his Animal Mechanics. However while Alexander’s book takes an unashamedly physical and engineering peek at animal design, the materials used as well as their properties, by looking at examples from across the animal kingdom, this book takes a narrower and more...

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