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Using engineering plus evolutionary analyses to answer natural selection questions
January 24, 2014
University of Massachusetts Amherst's evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Dumont and colleagues built an engineering model of a bat skull that can morph into the shape of any species, and used it to create skulls with all possible combinations of snout length and width. Then they ran engineering analyses on all the models to assess their structural strength and mechanical advantage, a measure of how efficiently and how hard bats can bite.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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