A model of vertebrate resting metabolic rate: balancing energetics and O2 transport in system design.


In vertebrates, maximal rates of oxygen consumption (V(O(2),max)) exceed resting rates (V(O(2),rest)) by an average factor of ten. This pattern of factorial scope has led to the hypothesis that V(O(2),rest) and V(O(2),max) are causally linked in vertebrates (aerobic capacity model, Bennett and Ruben, Science 206, 649-654, 1979). We propose an alternate… (More)


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