Synopses & Reviews
This monograph on the biology of animal building embraces all groups, from simple invertebrates to primate toolmakers. It looks at the behavioral and anatomical equipment animals have in order to build, as well as the materials available to them. It examines how architects are able, singly or collectively, to produce complex structures often much larger than themselves. It also looks at the costs of building, the properties of completed structures, the ecological impact of them ,and their effects on the evolution of animal builders.
About the Author
is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.
Table of Contents
2. Building materials: nature, origins, and processing
3. Behaviour and anatomy
4. Work organization and building complexity
5. Mechanics, growth, and design
6. Building costs, optimal solutions, and trade-offs
7. Animal architects as ecosystem engineers