Shifts in metabolic scaling, production, and efficiency across major evolutionary transitions of life

@article{Delong2010ShiftsIM,
  title={Shifts in metabolic scaling, production, and efficiency across major evolutionary transitions of life},
  author={J. Delong and J. Okie and M. Moses and R. Sibly and James H Brown},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={107},
  pages={12941 - 12945}
}
The diversification of life involved enormous increases in size and complexity. The evolutionary transitions from prokaryotes to unicellular eukaryotes to metazoans were accompanied by major innovations in metabolic design. Here we show that the scalings of metabolic rate, population growth rate, and production efficiency with body size have changed across the evolutionary transitions. Metabolic rate scales with body mass superlinearly in prokaryotes, linearly in protists, and sublinearly in… Expand
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