The scaling and temperature dependence of vertebrate metabolism

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The scaling and temperature dependence of vertebrate metabolism. / White, Craig; Phillips, NF; Seymour, RS.

In: Biology Letters, Vol. 2, No. 1, 01.03.2006, p. 125-127.

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White, Craig ; Phillips, NF ; Seymour, RS. / The scaling and temperature dependence of vertebrate metabolism. In: Biology Letters. 2006 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 125-127.

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