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A complete understanding of the feeding structures is fundamental in order to study how animals survive. Some birds use long and protrusible tongues as the main tool to collect their central caloric source (e.g. woodpeckers and nectarivores). Hummingbirds are the...

["Biophysics","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2986v1
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Flies use specialized photoreceptors R7 and R8 in the dorsal rim area (DRA) to detect skylight polarization. R7 and R8 form a tiered waveguide (rhabdom) with R7 on top, filtering light delivered to R8. We examine how the division of a given resource, rhabdom length,...

["Animal Behavior","Biophysics","Mathematical Biology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2192v1
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The Mass, Metabolism and Length Explanation (MMLE) was advanced in 1984 to explain the relationship between metabolic rate and body mass for birds and mammals. This paper reports on a modernized version of MMLE. MMLE deterministically predicts the absolute value...

["Biophysics","Mathematical Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.437v3
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The capacity for aerial maneuvering was likely a major influence on the evolution of flying animals. Here we evaluate consequences of paravian morphology for aerial performance by quantifying static stability and control effectiveness of physical models for numerous...

["Biophysics","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.435v1
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Growth of ice on surfaces poses a challenge for both organisms and for devices that come into contact with liquids below the freezing point. Resistance of some organisms to ice formation and growth, either in subtidal environments (e.g. Antarctic anchor ice), or...

["Bioengineering","Biophysics","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.425v1
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Although many lineages of terrestrialized crustaceans have poor olfactory capabilities, crabs in the family Coenobitidae, including the terrestrial hermit crabs in the genus Coenobita, are able to locate food and water using olfactory antennae (antennules) to capture...

["Biophysics","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.390v1
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