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Declining body size: A third universal response to warming?

Gardner, Janet; Peters, Anne; Kearney, Michael R; Joseph, Leo; Heinsohn, Robert

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A recently documented correlate of anthropogenic climate change involves reductions in body size, the nature and scale of the pattern leading to suggestions of a third universal response to climate warming. Because body size affects thermoregulation and energetics, changing body size has implications for resilience in the face of climate change. A review of recent studies shows heterogeneity in the magnitude and direction of size responses, exposing a need for large-scale phylogenetically...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/69083
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.03.005

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