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Comment on “Energy Uptake and Allocation During Ontogeny”

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Science  04 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5945, pp. 1206
DOI: 10.1126/science.1171303

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We demonstrate that the model of energy allocation during ontogeny of Hou et al. (Reports, 31 October 2008, p. 736) fails to account for the observed elevation of metabolic rate in growing organisms compared with similarly sized adults of different species. The basic model assumptions of the three-quarter power scaling for resting metabolism and constancy of the mass-specific maintenance metabolism need to be reassessed.

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