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The Way Forward

The Way Forward

(p.235) Conclusion The Way Forward
Animal Body Size
Felisa A. SmithS. Kathleen Lyons
University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins by summarizing the book's main themes. First, we can now begin to appreciate just how much variation there is in body size among most groups of animals. Second, there are remarkably consistent patterns in the body size distributions of some taxa across spatial and temporal gradients that may well reflect how organisms acquire and allocate energy. Third, temperature is important. The discussion then turns to the gaps in this compilation, such as the exclusive focus on animals and the lack of detailed species-level phylogeny for most groups, which hampers the ability to examine the influence of evolutionary history on the body size patterns of animals.

Keywords:   body size variation, body size distribution, animals, temperature

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