Mammalian reproductive strategies: A generalized relation of litter size to body size

  title={Mammalian reproductive strategies: A generalized relation of litter size to body size},
  author={Juha T. Tuomi},
A generalized relationship of litter size to mammalian body size was predicted by a graph model. The model was used to generate hypotheses explaining specific features of variation in gestation time, relative litter weight, birth weight, and reproductive capacity. The predictions were tested by means of data from the literature. Mammals were assumed to maximize neonatal survival of offspring to the limits allowed by litter weight per female body weight. Gestation time correlated negatively with… CONTINUE READING
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