The evolution of body size: what keeps organisms small?

  title={The evolution of body size: what keeps organisms small?},
  author={Wolf U Blanckenhorn},
  journal={The Quarterly review of biology},
  volume={75 4},
It is widely agreed that fecundity selection and sexual selection are the major evolutionary forces that select for larger body size in most organisms. The general, equilibrium view is that selection for large body size is eventually counterbalanced by opposing selective forces. While the evidence for selection favoring larger body size is overwhelming, counterbalancing selection favoring small body size is often masked by the good condition of the larger organism and is therefore less obvious… CONTINUE READING
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