Phylogenetically informed analysis of the allometry of Mammalian Basal metabolic rate supports neither geometric nor quarter-power scaling.

@article{White2009PhylogeneticallyIA,
  title={Phylogenetically informed analysis of the allometry of Mammalian Basal metabolic rate supports neither geometric nor quarter-power scaling.},
  author={Craig R White and Tim M Blackburn and Roger S Seymour},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2009},
  volume={63 10},
  pages={2658-67}
}
The form of the relationship between the basal metabolic rate (BMR) and body mass (M) of mammals has been at issue for almost seven decades, with debate focusing on the value of the scaling exponent (b, where BMR is proportional to M(b)) and the relative merits of b= 0.67 (geometric scaling) and b= 0.75 (quarter-power scaling). However, most analyses are not phylogenetically informed (PI) and therefore fail to account for the shared evolutionary history of the species they consider. Here, we… CONTINUE READING
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