COPE'S RULE AND THE BODY-SIZE EVOLUTION OF MARINE ANIMALS

Data: 
Giovedì, 5 Febbraio, 2015 - 16:00 - 16:45
Aula: 
Aula Arduino
Relatore: 
Jonathan Payne
Abstract: 

Cope’s Rule proposes that lineages evolve towards larger body size over time. To test this hypothesis across all marine animals, we compiled a dataset of body sizes for 17,208 genera of marine animals spanning the past 540 million years. Mean biovolume across genera has increased by a factor of 150 since the Cambrian, while minimum biovolume has decreased by less than a factor of ten and maximum biovolume has increased by more than a factor of 100,000. Neutral drift from a small initial value cannot explain this pattern. Instead, most of the size increase reflects differential diversification across classes, indicating that the pattern does not reflect a simple scaling-up of widespread and persistent selection for larger size within populations.

 http://www.unipd.it/ilbo/content/copes-rule-and-body-size-evolution-marine-animals  

Afferenza: 
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Proponente: 
Manuel Rigo
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