The Design of Mammals: A Scaling Approach by John William Prothero

By John William Prothero

regardless of an staggering a hundred million-fold variety in grownup physique mass from bumblebee bat to blue whale, all mammals are shaped of an identical forms of molecules, cells, tissues and organs and to an identical total physique plan. A scaling technique investigates the rules of mammal layout by way of analyzing the ways that mammals of numerous dimension and taxonomy are quantitatively related. This publication provides an intensive reanalysis of scaling info accumulated over 1 / 4 of a century, together with many hardly ever or never-cited assets. the result's an remarkable contribution to figuring out scaling in mammals, addressing a uniquely large diversity of mammal attributes and utilizing considerably greater and extra carefully screened samples than in any earlier works. a useful source for all these drawn to the 'design' of mammals, this is often a terrific source for postgraduates and researchers in a number of fields from comparative body structure to ecology.

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