Evolution of Basal Metabolic Rate and Organ Masses in Laboratory Mice.

  title={Evolution of Basal Metabolic Rate and Organ Masses in Laboratory Mice.},
  author={Marek Konarzewski and Jared M. Diamond},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={49 6},
Animal species of similar body mass vary widely in basal metabolic rate (BMR). A central problem of evolutionary physiology concerns the anatomical/physiological origin and functional significance of that variation. It has been hypothesized that such interspecific differences in wild animals evolved adaptively from differences in relative sizes of metabolically active organs. In order to minimize confounding phenotypic effects and maximize relevant genetic variation, we tested for intraspecific… CONTINUE READING
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