The maximum oxygen consumption and aerobic scope of birds and mammals: getting to the heart of the matter.


Resting or basal metabolic rates, compared across a wide range of organisms, scale with respect to body mass as approximately the 0.75 power. This relationship has recently been linked to the fractal geometry of the appropriate transport system or, in the case of birds and mammals, the blood vascular system. However, the structural features of the blood… (More)


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