Size, Function, and Life History

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Courier Corporation, 1996 - Science - 431 pages
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Superb reference, crammed with equations, references and facts, demonstrates the value of allometric correlations as an analytical tool. Provocative search for patterns that can unify the biology of disparate disciplines, trigger new research, and find applications in fields ranging from paleoecology and sociobiology to pharmacology and prosthetics. New Introduction. Appendixes. References. 49 illustrations.
  

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Contents

The Biology of Body Size l
1
Body Composition and Compartmentalization
15
Physical and Quantitative Background
25
Form and Structural Support
56
Homeostasis
74
Physiological Time
139
Locomotion
162
Environmental Coupling
199
Growth
260
Life History and Body Size
285
Adaptive Strategies
332
The Limits on Evolution of Body Size
347
Alternatives and Applications
355
Appendix A Symbols Dimensions and Units
377
Study Problems Allometricks
384
Index
423

Reproduction
244

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