Extended ageing in Microchiroptera

proctorp at delphi.com proctorp at delphi.com
Mon Oct 31 20:46:11 EST 1994


Sydney Shall <bafa1 at central.susx.ac.uk> writes:
 
>Is there any reason to suppose that there is a correlation between body
>size and longevity?
 
   Yes, sort of.  Among mammals, longevity is roughly correlated
with body surface area.  Same is true of birds-- Except,
a typical bird lives twice as long as the same-size mammal.
 
   Reason unknown.  However, birds do not break down uric acid
an antioxidant which has been correlated with increased lifespan in
primates.
 
Dr. Dr. Peter Proctor




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