On flying insect size and Phanerozoic atmospheric oxygen

  title={On flying insect size and Phanerozoic atmospheric oxygen},
  author={G. Dorrington},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={E3393 - E3393}
  • G. Dorrington
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • In a recent article in PNAS, Clapham and Karr (1) related the maximum wing length (MWL) of different Odonatoptera and Orthoptera species to Phanerozoic atmospheric oxygen partial pressure (pO2) as predicted by the GEOCARBSULF model (2). They argued that the MWL data assigned to 10-Myr periods is well correlated with elevated Paleozoic pO2 levels, but that the correlation weakens and is ultimately decoupled during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. To explain the correlation, they assumed that maximum… CONTINUE READING
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