A general model for the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology.

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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… (More)

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@article{West1997AGM, title={A general model for the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology.}, author={Geoffrey B. West and James Brown and Brian J. Enquist}, journal={Science}, year={1997}, volume={276 5309}, pages={122-6} }