Testing the island rule: primates as a case study.

  title={Testing the island rule: primates as a case study.},
  author={John J. Welch},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={276 1657},
The island rule states that after island colonization, larger animals tend to evolve reduced body sizes and smaller animals increased sizes. Recently, there has been disagreement about how often, if ever, this rule applies in nature, and much of this disagreement stems from differences in the statistical tests employed. This study shows, how different tests of the island rule assume different null hypotheses, and that these rely on quite different biological assumptions. Analysis and simulation… CONTINUE READING
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