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Animal Body SizeLinking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group$
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Felisa A. Smith and S. Kathleen Lyons

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012285.001.0001

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On Body Size and Life History of Mammals

On Body Size and Life History of Mammals

(p.206) Chapter Nine On Body Size and Life History of Mammals
Animal Body Size

James H. Brown

Astrid Kodric-Brown

Richard M. Sibly

University of Chicago Press

This chapter applies metabolic scaling theory to explore how several aspects of mammal life history—namely, production rates of females and body sizes, sexual ornaments, and weapons of males—vary with body size. The results show the scaling of rates of production, birth, and death with female body size as M− ¼; and the positive scaling of male sexual ornaments and weapons, as Mb, where b > 1.

Keywords:   metabolic scaling theory, mammalian life history, body size, production rates, sexual ornaments

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