Anthropogenic disruptions to longstanding patterns of trophic-size structure in vertebrates.

  title={Anthropogenic disruptions to longstanding patterns of trophic-size structure in vertebrates.},
  author={Robert S. C. Cooke and William Gearty and Abbie S. A. Chapman and Jillian C. Dunic and Graham J. Edgar and Jonathan S. Lefcheck and Gil Rilov and Craig R. McClain and Rick D. Stuart‐Smith and S Kathleen Lyons and Amanda E. Bates},
  journal={Nature ecology \& evolution},
Diet and body mass are inextricably linked in vertebrates: while herbivores and carnivores have converged on much larger sizes, invertivores and omnivores are, on average, much smaller, leading to a roughly U-shaped relationship between body size and trophic guild. Although this U-shaped trophic-size structure is well documented in extant terrestrial mammals, whether this pattern manifests across diverse vertebrate clades and biomes is unknown. Moreover, emergence of the U-shape over geological… 
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