© 1994

Biomechanics of Feeding in Vertebrates

  • Vincent L. Bels
  • Michel Chardon
  • Pierre Vandewalle

Part of the Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology book series (COMPARATIVE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. C. Gans
    Pages 1-4
  3. P. Vandewalle, A. Huyssene, P. Aerts, W. Verraes
    Pages 59-92
  4. F. De Vree, C. Gans
    Pages 93-118
  5. J.-P. Ewert, T. W. Beneke, E. Schürg-Pfeiffer, W. W. Schwippert, A. Weerasuriya
    Pages 119-162
  6. V. L. Bels, M. Chardon, K. V. Kardong
    Pages 197-240
  7. G. A. Zweers, H. Berkhoudt, J. C. Vanden Berge
    Pages 241-279
  8. A. W. Crompton, C. B. Wood, D. N. Stern
    Pages 321-346
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 359-363

About this book


Although feeding is not yet been thoroughly studied in many vertebrates taxa, and different conceptual and methodological approaches of the concerned scientists make a synthesis difficult, the aim of the editors is to provide a comprehensive overview of the feeding design in aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates with a detailed description of its functional properties. The book emphasizes the constant interaction between function and form, behaviour and morphology in the course of evolution of the feeding apparatus and way of feeding both complementary and basically related to survival interspecific competition, adaptation to environmental changes and adaptive radiations. Special stress is drawn onquantification of the observational and experimental data on the morphology and biomechanics of the feeding design and its element jaws, teeth, hyoidean apparatus, tongue, in order to allow present and further comparisons in an evolutionary perspective.


Anatomie, funktionelle Anatomy, functional Mammalia Morphologie adaptation amphibians anatomy biomechanics development evolution mammals morphology primates system vertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent L. Bels
    • 1
  • Michel Chardon
    • 2
  • Pierre Vandewalle
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut Agricole Centre Agronomique de RecherchesAppliquées du HainautBelgique
  2. 2.Morphologie Fonctionnelle Institut Ed. Van BenedenUniversité de LiègeLiègeBelgique
  3. 3.Morphologie Fonctionnelle Institute de ZoologieUniversité de LiègeLiègeBelgique

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biomechanics of Feeding in Vertebrates
  • Series Title Advances in Comparative and Environmental Physiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-54847-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-63399-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-57906-6
  • Series ISSN 0938-2763
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 363
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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