The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals

@article{Smith2010TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals},
  author={F. A. Smith and Alison G. Boyer and J. Brown and D. P. Costa and T. Dayan and S. Ernest and A. Evans and M. Fortelius and J. L. Gittleman and M. Hamilton and L. E. Harding and Kari Lintulaakso and S. Lyons and C. McCain and J. Okie and J. Saarinen and R. Sibly and P. Stephens and J. Theodor and M. Uhen},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={330},
  pages={1216 - 1219}
}
  • F. A. Smith, Alison G. Boyer, +17 authors M. Uhen
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • How Mammals Grew in Size Mammals diversified greatly after the end-Cretaceous extinction, which eliminated the dominant land animals (dinosaurs). Smith et al. (p. 1216) examined how the maximum size of mammals increased during their radiation in each continent. Overall, mammal size increased rapidly, then leveled off after about 25 million years. This pattern holds true on most of the continents—even though data are sparse for South America—and implies that mammals grew to fill available niches… CONTINUE READING
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