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

@inproceedings{West1997AGM,
  title={A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology},
  author={Geoffrey B. West and James H Brown and Brian J. Enquist},
  booktitle={Science},
  year={1997}
}
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… Expand
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