It is generally recognized that larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, and so on; but it is unusual to see these commonplace observations as a basis for scientific biology. A large number of empirically based relationships describe biological rates as simple functions of body size; and other such relations predict the intrinsic rate of population growth, animal speed, animal density, territory size, prey size, physiology, and morphology. Such equations almost always exist for mammals and birds, often for other vertebrates and invertebrates, sometimes for protozoa, algae, and bacteria, and occasionally even for plants. There are too many organisms to measure all aspects of the biology of every species of population, so scientists must depend on generalizations. Body size relations represent our most extensive and powerful assemblage of generalizations, but they have never been organized for use in ecology. This book represents the largest single compilation of interspecific size relations, and instructs the reader on the use of these relationships; their comparison, combination, and criticism. Both strengths and weaknesses of our current knowledge are discussed in order to indicate the many possible directions for further research. This important volume will therefore provide a point of departure toward a new applied ecology, giving quantitative solutions to real questions. It will interest advanced students of ecology and comparative physiology as well as professional biologists.
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' … [Peters] has built a brief and engaging quantitative monograph, frank, learned, painstaking and made explicitly helpful to readers with little mathematical experience … His text is an unequaled review of the field …' Scientific American
' … Here is a treasure house of information … Clearly this is an important book. It is different - and by ignoring cherished disciplines, by blending physiology and ecology, and by looking at problems with a fresh eye, Peters yields new insights and opens up new questions.' Nature
'Peters has produced both a useful introduction to the relationships of body size to several physiological, ecological, and biomechanical processes as well as a source of data on these matters … Peter's approach is effective, and this small volume could be used in graduate seminars as well as in advanced undergraduate courses in ecology and related subjects.' Choice
Larger animals eat more, live longer, have larger offspring, but these commonplace observations are rarely seen as a basis for scientific biology. Empirically-based relationships describe body functions as simple functions of body size but these relations have never been organised for use in ecology. This book presents the largest single compilation of interspecific size relations.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Ex-public library, usual stamps and markings, worn condition age related discolouration of page edges, showing first signs of shelf wear, first non-text page removed by library, Codice libro della libreria 03/08/10#018
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1983. Condizione libro: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP2969958
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fair. Stamp on inside front cover, name in black marker on top and fore-edges, otherwise text clean and solid; worn and torn dust jacket; 9 X 6.10 X 1 inches; 352 pages. Codice libro della libreria 154363
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1986. Broschiert. Condizione libro: Sehr gut. Ausgetragenes Bibliotheksexemplar, Deckel farblich nicht ganz homogen und minimal bestoßen ISBN: 0521246849 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 499. Codice libro della libreria 136452
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97805212468424.0
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020521246849