Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size September 4, 2013 MIssissippi

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Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size September 4, 2013 MIssissippi, Mississippi Business Journal 
... The ecological theory known as Bergmann’s rule predicts animals found in northern latitudes require larger body size to maintain body temperature in cold weather... Mississippi State deer biologists Strickland and Steve Demarais decided to see if a similar relationship existed for antler size... “Antler size is known to be highly correlated with body size, ... However, our research further proves that agricultural areas with rich soil provide more food for deer, leading to deer with larger bodies, independent of their latitude.” ...


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