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A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology
Allometric scaling relations, including the 3/4 power law for metabolic rates, are characteristic of all organisms and are here derived from a general model that describes how essential materials areExpand
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Effects of Size and Temperature on Metabolic Rate
We derive a general model, based on principles of biochemical kinetics and allometry, that characterizes the effects of temperature and body mass on metabolic rate. The model fits metabolic rates ofExpand
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A general model for the structure and allometry of plant vascular systems
Vascular plants vary in size by about twelve orders of magnitude, and a single individual sequoia spans nearly this entire range as it grows from a seedling to a mature tree. Size influences nearlyExpand
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Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities
Humanity has just crossed a major landmark in its history with the majority of people now living in cities. Cities have long been known to be society's predominant engine of innovation and wealthExpand
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The fourth dimension of life: fractal geometry and allometric scaling of organisms.
Fractal-like networks effectively endow life with an additional fourth spatial dimension. This is the origin of quarter-power scaling that is so pervasive in biology. Organisms have evolvedExpand
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A general model for ontogenetic growth
Several equations have been proposed to describe ontogenetic growth trajectories for organisms justified primarily on the goodness of fit rather than on any biological mechanism. Here, we derive aExpand
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Feedback with soil biota contributes to plant rarity and invasiveness in communities
Science 286, 2165–2169 (1999). 23. Ochman, H. & Moran, N. A. Genes lost and genes found: Evolution of bacterial pathogenesis and symbiosis. Science 292, 1096–1099 (2001). 24. Brosius, J., Dull, T J.Expand
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Effects of Body Size and Temperature on Population Growth
For at least 200 years, since the time of Malthus, population growth has been recognized as providing a critical link between the performance of individual organisms and the ecology and evolution ofExpand
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Allometric scaling of plant energetics and population density
Scaling relationships that describe variation in population density with body size in ecological communities, such as the thinning law in plant ecology, can be explained in terms of how individualsExpand
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The origin of allometric scaling laws in biology from genomes to ecosystems: towards a quantitative unifying theory of biological structure and organization
  • G. West, J. Brown
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 1 May 2005
SUMMARY Life is the most complex physical phenomenon in the Universe, manifesting an extraordinary diversity of form and function over an enormous scale from the largest animals and plants to theExpand
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