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Integrative biology of sticky feet in geckos.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15892109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Geckos have gained ecological access to novel microhabitats by exploiting intermolecular van der Waals forces, which allow them to climb smooth vertical surfaces. They use microscopic surface-based phenomena to thrive in a macroscopic mass- and kinetic energy-based world. Here we detail this as a premier example of integrative biology, spanning seven orders of magnitude and a lot of interesting biology. Emergent properties arising from molecular adhesion include several adaptive radiations that have produced a great diversity of geckos worldwide.
Authors:
Eric R Pianka; Samuel S Sweet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0265-9247     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioessays     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-18     Completed Date:  2005-11-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510851     Medline TA:  Bioessays     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  647-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Integrative Biology C0930, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-1064, USA. pianka@mail.utexas.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adhesiveness
Animals
Foot / physiology*
Lizards / physiology*
Phylogeny

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