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The Allometry of Growth and Reproduction - Michael J. Reiss

The Allometry of Growth and Reproduction

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Published: 30th June 1989
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The technique of allometry investigates the effects of size on such variables as food intake, energy requirements, growth rates and age at first reproduction. This book, now available in paperback, brings together much of what is known about the consequences of size and provides a new and mathematically rigorous framework within which many quantitative predictions are made and tested using published and unpublished data. New explanations are proposed for many previously unexplained phenomena such as why in some species females are thousands of times heavier than males, whereas in no species are males more than about eight times heavier than females. The models presented afford a new synthesis of the effects of size and open up more pathways for further theoretical investigation and experimental testing. Care has been taken to give verbal presentations of all the mathematical conclusions to ensure that the text is widely intelligible.

'It is both useful and stimulating and merits greater accessibility.' Journal of Biological Education '... a generally very fine book.' Biologist '... Reiss achieves a rare balance in illuminating his subject without unnecessary complication.' Journal of Natural History

Preface
Introduction
The scaling of average daily metabolic rate and energy intake
Why do larger species invest relatively less in their offspring?
The intraspecific relationship of parental investment to female body weight
Growth and probability
Quantitative models of body size
Sexual dimorphism in body size
Are larger species more dimorphic in size?
Surface area/volume arguments in biology
Prospectus
Glossary of mathematical terms
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521360913
ISBN-10: 0521360919
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th June 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47