A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology

  title={A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology},
  author={G. West and J. Brown and B. Enquist},
  • G. West, J. Brown, B. Enquist
  • Published in Science 1997
  • Medicine
  • 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 are transported through space-filling fractal networks of branching tubes. The model assumes that the energy dissipated is minimized and that the terminal tubes do not vary with body size. It provides a complete analysis of scaling relations for mammalian circulatory systems that are in agreement with… CONTINUE READING

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