Concomitant Patterns in Avian and Mammalian Body Length Changes in Denmark

dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Niels Martinen_US
dc.contributor.authorJensen, Per Moestrupen_US
dc.coverage.countryDenmarken_US
dc.coverage.regionEuropeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T14:54:33Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T14:54:33Z
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-12-10en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-12-10en_US
dc.description.abstract"We gathered length data on 61 Danish breeding birds from the past 200 years, and related the pattern of change to present body mass and other ecological parameters. Body mass was the only parameter significantly correlated with the rate of change, and the emerging pattern in the rate of change followed the island rule. That is, smaller species have become larger and vice versa, while the mediumsized species remain essentially unchanged. The suggested optimal body mass was around 85 g. Though orders of magnitude lower, the pattern in avian body size change was similar to that of Danish mammals. Our analyses suggest that increasing habitat fragmentation leads to altered body size towards being mediumsized in Danish vertebrates. The changing landscape, thus, appears to be an important driver of body size changes in vertebrates."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthDecemberen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume10en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/2859
dc.subjectbiologyen_US
dc.subjectchangeen_US
dc.subjectevolutionen_US
dc.subjectfragmentationen_US
dc.subjectlandscape changeen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.subject.sectorWildlifeen_US
dc.titleConcomitant Patterns in Avian and Mammalian Body Length Changes in Denmarken_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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