Area, isolation and body size evolution in insular carnivores.

  title={Area, isolation and body size evolution in insular carnivores.},
  author={Shai Meiri and Tamar Dayan and Daniel Simberloff},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={8 11},
Body sizes of insular mammals often differ strikingly from those of their mainland conspecifics. Small islands have reduced numbers of competitor and predator species, and more limited resources. Such reductions are believed to select for predictable changes in body sizes, with large mammals growing progressively smaller as island area decreases, while small ones grow progressively larger. Medium-sized mammals are thought to be largest on intermediate-sized islands. Increased isolation is seen… CONTINUE READING

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