Optimal body size and an animal's diet.

@article{Case1979OptimalBS,
  title={Optimal body size and an animal's diet.},
  author={Ted J. Case},
  journal={Acta biotheoretica},
  year={1979},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={54-69}
}
Within many animal taxa there is a trend for the species of larger body size to eat food of lower caloric value. For example, most large extant lizards are herbivorous. Reasonable arguments based on energetic considerations are often invoked to explain this trend, yet, while these factors set limits to feasible body size, they do not in themselves mathematically produce optimum body sizes. A simple optimization model is developed here which considers food search, capture, and eating rates and… CONTINUE READING
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