Body size is one of the most important biological characteristics in the study of organisms, telling a researcher a lot about how a particular animal lives and interacts with its environment and with other species. Despite this importance, there has been little study of body size trends of ancient life.
Now, using marine life forms as models, three Virginia Tech doctoral students in geological sciences have launched a long-term research project to see what can be learned about life across millions of years. At the Geological Society of Americas 114th annual meeting in Denver, Oct. 27-30, Richard Krause Jr. will present early findings from his, Jennifer Stempiens, and Susan Barbour Woods work.
So far, findings suggest that body size may not be directly related to evolutionary or ecological success.
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