Rethinking allometry
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AbstractAllometric scaling, a widely used approach for studying the relationship between size, shape, and function in organisms, is examined in both concept and application. Several methodological conventions are unnecessary or misleading, and a number of theoretical assumptions are unjustified. Some alternatives are suggested. Dependence on a power function as the method for evaluating the biological consequences of size has masked the complexity of the problem.

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