On the allometric mass exponent, when it exists.

  title={On the allometric mass exponent, when it exists.},
  author={Henry A. Feldman},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={172 2},
Allometric power laws of the form q varies; is directly proportional to Mb are commonly used to describe the dependence of a physiological variable q on body mass M in a class of animals that vary widely in size. The theoretical basis for such a law has been ignored or misstated in much of the biological literature. In this paper, an axiomatic basis for establishing the existence of a power law is proposed and a formula for calculating the theoretical mass exponent b is derived. It is shown… CONTINUE READING