MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2002) Phylogeny affects estimation of metabolic scaling in mammals. Evolution 56: 2330-2333.

What is it about?

We looked at the classic relationship between metabolic rate and body size, using data from mammals. There’s long been an argument about whether the scaling exponent is 0.67 or 0.75. We showed that the estimate of this depends on which phylogeny you use as the basis for a phylogenetically controlled analysis.

What’s the story behind it?

My first collaboration with Mark Elgar, written shortly after my move to Melbourne in 2001. It used a small section of my PhD thesis rejigged, with the help of Mark, into a brief communication in Evolution.

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