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dc.contributor.authorKane, Adam
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorGuillerme, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorRuxton, Graeme D.
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Andrew L.
dc.identifier.citationKane , A , Healy , K , Guillerme , T , Ruxton , G D & Jackson , A L 2017 , ' A recipe for scavenging in vertebrates - the natural history of a behaviour ' , Ecography , vol. 40 , no. 2 , pp. 324-334 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 246904519
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: fc7d02bd-042a-4f37-9b2d-93377f34a73b
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:4ba2a6bd13557008ebd78c878b5ab2cc
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85006391496
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000394668800008
dc.descriptionAK was funded by the Irish Research Council GOIP/2015/81, KH was funding by Science Foundation Ireland. T.G. acknowledges support from European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007–2013)/ERC Grant Agreement number 311092 awarded to Martin D. Brazeau.en
dc.description.abstractDespite its prevalence, the importance of scavenging to carnivores is difficult to ascertain in modern day forms and impossible to study directly in extinct species. Yet, there are certain intrinsic and environmental features of a species that push it towards a scavenging lifestyle. These can be thought of as some of the principal parameters in optimal foraging theory namely, encounter rate and handling time. We use these components to highlight the morphologies and environments that would have been conducive to scavenging over geological time by focusing on the dominant vertebrate groups of the land, sea and air. The result is a synthesis on the natural history of scavenging. The features that make up our qualitative scale of scavenging can be applied to any given species and allow us to judge the likely importance of this foraging behaviour.
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dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleA recipe for scavenging in vertebrates - the natural history of a behaviouren
dc.typeJournal itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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