Inferring the Nature of Allometry from Geometric Data

  title={Inferring the Nature of Allometry from Geometric Data},
  author={Kim van der Linde and David Houle},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
The form of an organism is the combination of its size and its shape. For a sample of forms, biologists wish to characterize both mean form and the variation in form. For geometric data, where form is characterized as the spatial locations of homologous points, the first step in analysis superimposes the forms, which requires an assumption about what measure of size is appropriate. Geometric morphometrics adopts centroid size as the natural measure of size, and assumes that variation around the… 

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