Re-examination of the "3/4-law" of metabolism.

  title={Re-examination of the "3/4-law" of metabolism.},
  author={P. S. Dodds and D. Rothman and J. Weitz},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={209 1},
  • P. S. Dodds, D. Rothman, J. Weitz
  • Published 2001
  • Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Medicine
  • Journal of theoretical biology
  • We examine the scaling law B is proportional to M(alpha)which connects organismal resting metabolic rate B with organismal mass M, where alpha is commonly held to be 3/4. Since simple dimensional analysis suggests alpha = 2/3, we consider this to be a null hypothesis testable by empirical studies. We re-analyse data sets for mammals and birds compiled by Heusner, Bennett and Harvey, Bartels, Hemmingsen, Brody, and Kleiber, and find little evidence for rejecting alpha = 2/3 in favor of alpha = 3… CONTINUE READING

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