Constructional Morphology and Evolution

  • Norbert Schmidt-Kittler
  • Klaus Vogel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction: A New Look at Morphology

    1. N. Schmidt-Kittler, K. Vogel
      Pages 1-6
  3. Concepts of Constructional Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Werner Nachtigall
      Pages 31-40
    3. Norbert Schmidt-Kittler
      Pages 41-53
    4. Klaus Vogel
      Pages 55-68
  4. Bioconstruction: Operational Interconnections, Behavior, Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn
      Pages 81-90
    3. Wighart von Koenigswald, Hans Ulrich Pfretzschner
      Pages 113-125
    4. H. Preuschoft, W.-E. Reif, C. Loitsch, E. Tepe
      Pages 151-171
  5. Bioconstruction: Morphogenesis

  6. Bioconstruction: Evolution

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 399-409

About these proceedings


Constructional morphology explains features of organisms from a constructional and functional point of view. By means of physical analysis it explains the operational aspects of organic structures - how they can perform the activities organisms are expected to fulfil in order to survive in their environment. Constructional morphology also explains options and constraints during the evolution determined by internal constructional needs, ontogenetic demands, inherited organizational preconditions and environmental clues.


Funktionsmorphologie biomechanics biomechanik evolution morphology ontogenese ontogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • Norbert Schmidt-Kittler
    • 1
  • Klaus Vogel
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für GeowissenschaftenJohannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzGermany
  2. 2.Geologisch-Paläontologisches InstitutJ. W. Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt a. M.Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76158-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76156-0
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