Allen's rule revisited: temperature influences bone elongation during a critical period of postnatal development.

@article{Serrat2013AllensRR,
  title={Allen's rule revisited: temperature influences bone elongation during a critical period of postnatal development.},
  author={Maria Ana Duhagon Serrat},
  journal={Anatomical record},
  year={2013},
  volume={296 10},
  pages={1534-45}
}
Limbs of animals raised at warm ambient temperature are significantly and permanently longer than those of siblings housed in the cold. These highly reproducible lab results closely parallel the ecogeographical tenet described by Allen's extremity size rule, which states that appendage length correlates with temperature and latitude. It is unclear what mechanisms underlie these differences and in what pattern they emerge, since the morphology is traditionally thought to reflect naturally… CONTINUE READING

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