Seasonality, fasting endurance, and body size in mammals.

Stan L Lindstedt, M. S. Boyce

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One can predict fasting endurance in mammals by dividing energy reserves by their rate of use. The result, the scaling of fasting endurance, favors large body size. This relationship is of primary significance in seasonal environments where organisms must endure occasional periods of fasting.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)873-878
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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