In eutherian mammals, foetal growth shows a straight-line relationship between time and cube root of foetal weight. The same relationship has now been found to hold for the embryos in birds' eggs and is postulated for reptiles. In marsupials the specific foetal growth rate does not exceed that already known for the higher primates. Outside the eutherian mammals, only the birds have developed high embryonic growth rates, but in exchange for other disadvantages.
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