Energetic and biomechanical constraints on animal migration distance.

@article{Hein2012EnergeticAB,
  title={Energetic and biomechanical constraints on animal migration distance.},
  author={Andrew M. Hein and Chen Hou and James F Gillooly},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={104-10}
}
Animal migration is one of the great wonders of nature, but the factors that determine how far migrants travel remain poorly understood. We present a new quantitative model of animal migration and use it to describe the maximum migration distance of walking, swimming and flying migrants. The model combines biomechanics and metabolic scaling to show how maximum migration distance is constrained by body size for each mode of travel. The model also indicates that the number of body lengths… CONTINUE READING
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