By Steven Vogel
Nature and people construct their units with an analogous earthly fabrics and use them within the similar air and water, pulled through an analogous gravity. Why, then, do their designs diverge so sharply? people, for example, love correct angles, whereas nature's angles are hardly ever correct and typically rounded. Our expertise is going round on wheels—and on rotating pulleys, gears, shafts, and cams—yet in nature purely the tiny propellers of micro organism spin as precise wheels. Our hinges flip simply because difficult elements slide round one another, while nature's hinges (a rabbit's ear, for instance) extra frequently swing through bending versatile fabrics. during this marvelously impressive, witty e-book, Steven Vogel compares those mechanical worlds, introduces the reader to his box of biomechanics, and explains how the nexus of actual legislation, dimension, and comfort of building ensure the designs of either humans and nature. "This stylish comparability of human and organic know-how will ceaselessly switch how you examine each."—Michael LaBarbera, American Scientist
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ML bootstrap trees of combined datasets from cytb/RAG1 and cyt b/LDH (Figs 1 & 2), which should resolve even the deeper nodes, show the following groupings: A monophyletic family Tytonidae with Tyto and Phodilus. A monophyletic family Strigidae with all other genera. A monophyletic genus Strix (tribe Strigini). A monophyletic genus Aegolius (tribe Aegolini). Athene, Glaucidium and Surnia cluster in a monophyletic clade, which partly corresponds to the tribe Surnini. A paraphyletic genus Glaucidium, which shares ancestry with Surnia.
Owl systematics have frequently been discussed and recent studies on DNA give clues to probable relationships. However, we must regard DNA evidence as only one parameter, doubtless an important one, in the ‘mosaic’ of Taxonomy. For clear results most or all parameters should correspond well. The division of living owls into two families, Tytonidae and Strigidae, may be accepted without argument. The first may be separated into two genera, Tyto with 25 species and Phodilus with two species, as we separate the taxon assimilis endemic to Sri Lanka and SW Ghats (Kerala) from Phodilus badius as a full species because of vocal and morphological features.
Swinhoei 9571 Hong Kong Bubo b. 92 Bubo b. sibiricus 9580 Russia Bubo c. 00 Bubo c. mackinderi 9292 Zimbabwe Bubo b. 91 Bubonini Bubo ascalaphus 9567 U. 99 Bubo a. 00 Bubo v. 98 Bubo lacteus 6110 South Africa Strix a. 00 73/Strix a. 99 Strix u. 00 Strix u. 00 Strix w. 00 Strigini Strix w. 00 Strix butleri 6080 Israel Strix n. 99 Megascops a. 00 Psiloscops flammeolus 23123 United States Asio o. 00 Asio o. 00 Asio o. 00 Otus m. 00 Otus brucei 9569 U. 00 Athene n. 00 Athene cunicularia 9027 Mexico Aegolius a.