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The Allometry of Growth and Reproduction


  • Date Published: May 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521360913

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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 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mathematically rigorous framework within which many quantitative predictions are made and tested using published and unpublished data. 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 synthesis of the effects of size and open up 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.

    • Reiss's clear, concise analysis and novel ideas have been noted by several reviewers
    • Comparable titles have attracted significant sales in paperback
    • Price within reach of individual students and research workers
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    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521360913
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The scaling of average daily metabolic rate and energy intake
    3. Why do larger species invest relatively less in their offspring?
    4. The intraspecific relationship of parental investment to female body weight
    5. Growth and productivity
    6. Quantitative models of body size
    7. Sexual dimorphism in body size
    8. Are larger species more dimorphic in body size?
    9. Surface area/volume arguments in biology
    10. Prospectus
    Concluding discussion
    Glossary of mathematical terms

  • Author

    Michael J. Reiss, University of Cambridge

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