Publication
Title
Mathematical biomechanics and the "what!", "how?" and "why?" in functional morphology
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Abstract
In functional morphology, the "what", "how" and "why" about form and function of specific structures is one type of question (case-studies). When the hypothesis erected to answer these questions cannot be tested experimentally, an alternative approach can be the application of mathematical models. In order to reduce the speculative nature of this approach, the following points must be considered: (1) a detailed morphological study is required to obtain accurate structural and geometrical data; (2) framing the hypothesis should be based on the critical interpretation of the morphological data within the framework of known physical and physiological information ; (3) the mathematical reduction must rather tend to express the plausibility of the hypothesis instead of to quantify the physical phenomenon in question (i.e. model construction is determined by the selection of the right output parameters); (4) the applied physics must be relevant to the phenomenon being investigated; (5) the "theoretical environment of the model" and the input values for the environmental variables must fit reality. Two case-studies on aspects of the form and function of the head of fishes will illustrate the application of these principles.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Netherlands journal of zoology. - Leiden
Publication
Leiden : 1989
ISSN
0028-2960
Volume/pages
40:1(1989), p. 153-172
ISI
A1990DR14500010
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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