Appendix S1. Procedures for generating data with four forms of residuals and three levels of scatter.

Appendix S2. On the choice of line-fitting methods for allometric regression.

Appendix S3.Mathematica code (version 6.0; Wolfram Research, Inc.) and the performance of the parameter landscape.

Appendix S4. Effects of residual form, the level of scatter and sample size on allometric regression.

Appendix S5. Tests of the parameter sensitivity.

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