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On the head of snakes: form, function and adaptation to life in dense media

Project description

Diving head-first into the form–function conundrum

Structure is often integrally related to function, from a key and its ability to open a lock to a wing and a bird’s ability to fly. Environment plays a determining role in the functions organisms require or benefit from, and so it is not surprising that environmental factors can influence evolution and diversity. How ‘environment’ is defined can affect the outcome of form–function studies, yet it is often rather arbitrary. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the HeadStrong project is studying head shape in aquatic and burrowing snakes to figure out if the densities of the snakes’ environments may be the key to adaptations of this characteristic.

Coordinator

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00