Purvis, Andy Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Harvey, Paul Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Last reviewed:August 2019
- Allometric lines
- Deviations from the line
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The study of changes in the characteristics of organisms with body size. Characteristics such as body parts or timing of reproductive events do not necessarily change in direct proportion to body size, and the ways in which they change relative to body size can often provide insights into organisms, construction and behavior. Large organisms are often not merely magnified small ones.
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