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The Ecological Implications of Body Size (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)

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It is generally recognized that larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, and so on; but it is unusual to see these commonplace observations as a basis for scientific biology. A large number of empirically based relationships describe biological rates as simple functions of body size; and other such relations predict the intrinsic rate of population growth, animal speed, animal density, territory size, prey size, physiology, and morphology. Such equations almost always exist for mammals and birds, often for other vertebrates and invertebrates, sometimes for protozoa, algae, and bacteria, and occasionally even for plants. There are too many organisms to measure all aspects of the biology of every species of population, so scientists must depend on generalizations. Body size relations represent our most extensive and powerful assemblage of generalizations, but they have never been organized for use in ecology. This book represents the largest single compilation of interspecific size relations, and instructs the reader on the use of these relationships; their comparison, combination, and criticism. Both strengths and weaknesses of our current knowledge are discussed in order to indicate the many possible directions for further research. This important volume will therefore provide a point of departure toward a new applied ecology, giving quantitative solutions to real questions. It will interest advanced students of ecology and comparative physiology as well as professional biologists.

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This text is a compilation of interspecific body size relations, which have been arranged for use in ecology, and aims to instruct the reader on the use of these relationships; their comparison, combination, and criticism.

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Larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, but these commonplace observations are rarely seen as a basis for scientific biology. Empirically-based relationships describe body functions as simple functions of body size but these relations have never been organised for use in ecology. This book presents the largest single compilation of interspecific size relations.

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Describes in detail how the physical size of an organism affects its biology. Presents the largest single compilation of inter-specific size relations and instructs the reader on their comparison, combination, and criticism.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. A philosophical introduction; 2. A mathematical primer: logarithms, power curves, and correlations; 3. Metabolism; 4. Physiological correlates of size; 5. Temperature and metabolic rate; 6. Locomotion; 7. Ingestion; 8. Production: growth and reproduction; 9. Mass flow; 10. Animal abundance; 11. Other allometric relations; 12. Allometric simulation models; 13. Explanations; 14. Prospectus; Appendixes; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521288866
Author:
Peters, Robert H.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Peters, Robert Henry
Author:
Birks, H. J. B.
Author:
Wiens, J. A.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Zoology
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body size
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ecology (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19831231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.12x6.00x.83 in. 1.14 lbs.

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Product details 344 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521288866 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This text is a compilation of interspecific body size relations, which have been arranged for use in ecology, and aims to instruct the reader on the use of these relationships; their comparison, combination, and criticism.
"Synopsis" by , Larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, but these commonplace observations are rarely seen as a basis for scientific biology. Empirically-based relationships describe body functions as simple functions of body size but these relations have never been organised for use in ecology. This book presents the largest single compilation of interspecific size relations.
"Synopsis" by , Describes in detail how the physical size of an organism affects its biology. Presents the largest single compilation of inter-specific size relations and instructs the reader on their comparison, combination, and criticism.
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