THE ISLAND RULE IN LARGE MAMMALS: PALEONTOLOGY MEETS ECOLOGY

@article{Raia2006THEIR,
  title={THE ISLAND RULE IN LARGE MAMMALS: PALEONTOLOGY MEETS ECOLOGY},
  author={P. Raia and Shai Meiri},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={60}
}
  • P. Raia, Shai Meiri
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution
  • Abstract The island rule is the phenomenon of the miniaturization of large animals and the gigantism of small animals on islands, with mammals providing the classic case studies. Several explanations for this pattern have been suggested, and departures from the predictions of this rule are common among mammals of differing body size, trophic habits, and phylogenetic affinities. Here we offer a new explanation for the evolution of body size of large insular mammals, using evidence from both… CONTINUE READING
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