Oxygen Transfer from Atmosphere to Tissues pp 171-181
Matching O2 Delivery to O2 Demand in Muscle: II. Allometric Variation in Energy Demand
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- Taylor C.R., Longworth K.E., Hoppeler H. (1988) Matching O2 Delivery to O2 Demand in Muscle: II. Allometric Variation in Energy Demand. In: Gonzalez N.C., Fedde M.R. (eds) Oxygen Transfer from Atmosphere to Tissues. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 227. Springer, Boston, MA
This paper and the preceding paper by Weibel and Kayar address the question of whether, or to what extent, the structures involved in O2 consumption and delivery are matched to each other. This match between structure and function is a “common sense” prediction of economic design. We have given this principle the name symmorphosis, defining it as a state of structural design commensurate to functional needs resulting from regulated morphogenesis (Taylor and Weibel), 1981.
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