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The Ecological Implications of Body Size (Electronic book text)
The Ecological Implications of Body Size (Electronic book text): Robert Henry Peters
The Ecological Implications of Body Size (Electronic book text): Robert Henry Peters

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The Ecological Implications of Body Size (Electronic book text)

Robert Henry Peters

Series: 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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Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology
Release date: August 2012
Authors: Robert Henry Peters
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-60855-1
Barcode: 9780511608551
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Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Animal physiology
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Ecological science, the Biosphere
LSN: 0-511-60855-1

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