Brown bear body mass and growth in northern and southern Europe

@article{Swenson2007BrownBB,
  title={Brown bear body mass and growth in northern and southern Europe},
  author={J. Swenson and M. Adami{\vc} and D. Huber and Sigbj{\o}rn Stokke},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2007},
  volume={153},
  pages={37-47}
}
  • J. Swenson, M. Adamič, +1 author Sigbjørn Stokke
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • We tested six hypotheses to explain expected geographical differences in body masses of 1,771 brown bears (Ursus arctos) from northern and southern Europe (Sweden and Norway compared with Slovenia and Croatia): Bergmann’s rule, the fasting endurance hypothesis, and the dietary meat hypothesis, which predicted larger bears in the north; and hypotheses stressing the role of high primary productivity, high population density, low seasonality, and length of the growing season, which predicted… CONTINUE READING
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