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Body mass of late Quaternary mammals
The purpose of this data set was to compile body mass information for all mammals on Earth so that we could investigate the patterns of body mass seen across geographic and taxonomic space andExpand
The Way Forward
A number of common themes run throughout this volume. First, one begins to appreciate just how much variation there is in body size among most groups of animals. For the most part, a clade is not aExpand
Ecotypic variation in the context of global climate change: revisiting the rules.
This work examines several well-known ecogeographical rules, especially those pertaining to body size in contemporary, historical and fossil taxa, and reviews the evidence showing that rules of geographical variation in response to variation in the local environment can also apply to morphological changes through time in Response to climate change. Expand
Evolution of Body Size in the Woodrat over the Past 25,000 Years of Climate Change
Microevolutionary changes in the body size of the bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) since the last glacial maximum were estimated from measurements of fecal pellets preserved in paleomiddensExpand
▪ Abstract This paper reviews the available data and models on energy and material flows through the world's 25 largest cities. Throughput is categorized as stored, transformed, or passive for theExpand
Similarity of Mammalian Body Size across the Taxonomic Hierarchy and across Space and Time
It is suspected that life‐history and ecological parameters are so tightly constrained by allometry at diminutive size that animals can only adapt to novel ecological conditions by modifying body size, and body size patterns across the body size spectrum are consistent across the size spectrum. Expand
The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals
Analysis suggests that although the primary driver for the evolution of giant mammals was diversification to fill ecological niches, environmental temperature and land area may have ultimately constrained the maximum size achieved. Expand
Of mice, mastodons and men: human-mediated extinctions on four continents
It is found that body size distributions of all mammals in North America, South America, Africa and Australia before and after the late Pleistocene show a similar large-size selectivity of extinctions across continents, despite differences in timing. Expand
Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity
This period-level compilation of the largest known fossil organisms demonstrates that maximum size increased by 16 orders of magnitude since life first appeared in the fossil record. Expand
Pleistocene Rewilding: An Optimistic Agenda for Twenty‐First Century Conservation
Pleistocene rewilding would deliberately promote large, long‐lived species over pest and weed assemblages, facilitate the persistence and ecological effectiveness of megafauna on a global scale, and broaden the underlying premise of conservation from managing extinction to encompass restoring ecological and evolutionary processes. Expand