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The Design of Mammals
A Scaling Approach

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  • Date Published: October 2015
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107110472

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  • Despite an astonishing 100 million-fold range in adult body mass from bumblebee bat to blue whale, all mammals are formed of the same kinds of molecules, cells, tissues and organs and to the same overall body plan. A scaling approach investigates the principles of mammal design by examining the ways in which mammals of diverse size and taxonomy are quantitatively comparable. This book presents an extensive reanalysis of scaling data collected over a quarter of a century, including many rarely or never-cited sources. The result is an unparalleled contribution to understanding scaling in mammals, addressing a uniquely extensive range of mammal attributes and using substantially larger and more rigorously screened samples than in any prior works. An invaluable resource for all those interested in the 'design' of mammals, this is an ideal resource for postgraduates and researchers in a range of fields from comparative physiology to ecology.

    • The most extensive study of scaling in mammals yet published, offering a unique resource for postgraduates and researchers in a range of fields from comparative physiology to ecology
    • Presents a detailed analysis of scaling data collected over a quarter of a century, including many rarely or never-cited sources
    • Takes a quantitative approach, using elementary mathematics (including statistics) to address an extensive range of mammal attributes and using substantially larger and more rigorously screened samples than in any prior works
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107110472
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 79 b/w illus. 168 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Part I. Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. The mammals
    3. The nature of scaling
    4. Towards a standardized body weight table
    5. A reader's guide
    Part II. Empirical Analyses:
    6. Body length, girth and surface area
    7. Body size distribution in adult mammals
    8. Body composition
    9. Circulatory system
    10. Digestive system
    11. Integumentary system
    12. Musculoskeletal system
    13. Neuroendocrine system
    14. Reproductive system
    15. Respiratory system
    16. Urinary system
    17. Function
    18. Lethal limits
    Part III. Survey of Results:
    19. Structural summary
    20. Functional summary
    21. End-sample, mid-sample and FDS
    22. Human scaling
    Part IV. Methodology:
    23. Scaling statistics
    24. Scaling sums
    Part V. A Broader View:
    25. A Sense of scale
    Appendix 1. Recommended reading
    Appendix 2. Guidelines for data screening
    Appendix 3. Summary of Brody's findings
    References
    Index.

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    John William Prothero, University of Washington
    John William Prothero served on the faculty of the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington, Seattle, from 1965 to 1999. During this time, he taught histology for fifteen years and subsequently functional neuroanatomy for nearly twenty years. He has a long-term interest in many aspects of scaling.

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