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  1. Integration of Pecking, Filter Feeding and Drinking Mechanisms in Waterfowl.J. G. M. Kooloos & G. A. Zweers - 1991 - Acta Biotheoretica 39 (2):107-140.
    This paper is one of several contributions in a series, illustrating the application of a specific deductive methodology to explain diversity of form. The methodology facilitates the explanation of feeding morphologies in various ducks as a transformation of the mallard's feeding design maximized for specific proportions of performance that are contributed by pecking and filter feeding mechanisms.The earlier described anatomy and formal analyses of the three mechanisms in the mallard served as the initial conditions used in simulation models. Four elements (...)
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  • Transformation of Avian Feeding Mechanisms: A Deductive Method.Gart Zweers - 1991 - Acta Biotheoretica 39 (1):15-36.
    A methodology is proposed as a tool for explanation of form in zoomorphology, in particular its design, diversity, and transformation. An alternate use of descriptive, inductive/comparative, and deductive methods is suggested. The basic concepts required are summarized. Following an extensive anatomical analysis a specific deductive methodology is developed, comprising three major parts: 1) Formal analysis of systems, using optimal design. 2) Transformation of an initial system's model by simulating modifications via maximizing the model for specific functional requirements. 3) Testing by (...)
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