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James L. Maino, Michael R. Kearney, Roger M. Nisbet and Sebastiaan A. L. M. Kooijman Reconciling theories for metabolic scaling Journal of Animal Ecology 83

Version of Record online: 13 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12085

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Using Dynamic Energy Budget theory, the authors consider universal constraints on the storage and use of assimilated nutrients and derive an equation for the body-size scaling of metabolic rate without relying on optimisation arguments. The mechanism offers an explanation for differences between the intra- and inter-specific scaling of biological rates with mass.

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