Herbivory and Body Size: Allometries of Diet Quality and Gastrointestinal Physiology, and Implications for Herbivore Ecology and Dinosaur Gigantism

@article{Clauss2013HerbivoryAB,
  title={Herbivory and Body Size: Allometries of Diet Quality and Gastrointestinal Physiology, and Implications for Herbivore Ecology and Dinosaur Gigantism},
  author={M. Clauss and Patrick Steuer and D. W. M{\"u}ller and D. Codron and J. Hummel},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2013},
  volume={8}
}
  • M. Clauss, Patrick Steuer, +2 authors J. Hummel
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Digestive physiology has played a prominent role in explanations for terrestrial herbivore body size evolution and size-driven diversification and niche differentiation. This is based on the association of increasing body mass (BM) with diets of lower quality, and with putative mechanisms by which a higher BM could translate into a higher digestive efficiency. Such concepts, however, often do not match empirical data. Here, we review concepts and data on terrestrial herbivore BM, diet quality… CONTINUE READING
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