The evolution of body size in extant groups of North American freshwater fishes: speciation, size distributions, and Cope's rule.

@article{Knouft2003TheEO,
  title={The evolution of body size in extant groups of North American freshwater fishes: speciation, size distributions, and Cope's rule.},
  author={Jason H Knouft and Lawrence M. Page},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2003},
  volume={161 3},
  pages={
          413-21
        }
}
Change in body size within an evolutionary lineage over time has been under investigation since the synthesis of Cope's rule, which suggested that there is a tendency for mammals to evolve larger body size. Data from the fossil record have subsequently been examined for several other taxonomic groups to determine whether they also displayed an evolutionary increase in body size. However, we are not aware of any species-level study that has investigated the evolution of body size within an… CONTINUE READING
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