American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

Forthcoming Papers

“Cope’s rule and the universal scaling law of ornament complexity”

“Cope’s rule and the universal scaling law of ornament complexity”

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Pasquale Raia, Federico Passaro, Francesco Carotenuto, Leonardo Maiorino, Paolo Piras, Luciano Teresi, Shai Meiri, Yuval Itescu, Maria Novosolov, Mattia Antonio Baiano, Ricard Martinez, and Mikael Fortelius (Aug 2015)

Biological ornaments grow in complexity over time. Authors found this is a by-product of evolutionary body size increase

“Energy and the scaling of animal space use”

“Energy and the scaling of animal space use”

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Natascia Tamburello, Isabelle M. Côté, and Nicholas K. Dulvy (Aug 2015)

Locomotion, dimensionality, trophic guild, and prey size explain ~70% of variation in vertebrate home-range size


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