Complexity Digest 2008.31 - 07.01
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The Evolution and Distribution of Species Body Size, Science
Excerpts: The distribution of species body size within taxonomic groups exhibits a heavy right tail extending over many orders of magnitude, where most species are much larger than the smallest species. We provide a simple model of cladogenetic diffusion over evolutionary time that omits explicit mechanisms for interspecific competition and other microevolutionary processes, yet fully explains the shape of this distribution. We estimate the model's parameters from fossil data and find that it robustly reproduces the distribution of 4002 mammal species from the late Quaternary.
- Source: The Evolution and Distribution of Species Body Size
[ http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/321/5887/399 ], Aaron Clauset, Douglas H. Erwin, Science : 399-401., 08/07/18