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Title: Geometry and dynamics link form, function, and evolution of finch beaks

Understanding how development and evolution shape functional morphology is a basic question in biology. A paradigm of this is the finch’s beak that has adapted to different diets and behaviors over millions of years. We take a mathematical and physical perspective to quantify the nature of beak shape variations, how they emerge from changes to the development program of the birds, and their functional significance as a mechanical tool.

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National Academy of Sciences
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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