We have examined aerobic exercise performance among the mammals with particular attention to the constraints that body size places on all aspects of muscle biomechanics, aerobic energetics, tissue oxygen diffusion, cardiovascular oxygen delivery, and pulmonary oxygen uptake. Several body-size-dependent patterns emerge that seemingly govern aerobic performance in mammals, with the caveat that at any given body size there is a range of aerobic capacities, the result of natural selection operating on the size-dependent “default values” of structure and function. Among these default values, the following apparent functional clusters surface.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
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