Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling

Thomas Samaras (Editor)
Reventropy Associates, San Diego, California, USA

Series: New Developments in Medical Research
BISAC: MED005000



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Several books have been published on scaling in biology and its ramifications in the animal kingdom. However, none has specifically examined the multifaceted effects of how changes in human height create disproportionately larger changes in weight, surface area, strength and other physiological parameters. Yet, the impact of these nonlinear effects on individual humans as well as our world’s environment is enormous. Since increasing human body size has widespread ramifications, this book presents findings on the human species and its ecological niche. In biology, an ‘ecological niche’ refers to the role played by a species in its community and how the species interacts with its environment. Thus, a few chapters provide an ecological overview of how increasing human body size relates to human evolution, fitness, health, survival and the environment.

This book provides a unique purview of the laws of scaling on human performance, health, longevity and the environment. Numerous examples from various research disciplines are used to illustrate the impact of increasing body size on many aspects of human enterprises, including work output, athletics and intellectual performance. (Imprint: )

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Chapter 1. Why the study of human size is important; pp. 1-15
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 2. Human scaling and the body mass index; pp. 17-31
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 3. Advantages of taller human height; pp. 33-45
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 4. Advantages of shorter human height; pp. 47-61
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 5. Body height and its relation to chronic disease and longevity; pp. 63-112
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 6. BMI and weight: their relation to diabetes, CVD, cancer and all-cause mortality; pp. 113-146
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 7. The obesity epidemic, birthweight, rapid growth and superior nutrition; pp. 147-190
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 8. Long-lived mutant, gene knockout and transgenic mice; pp. 191-211
(Andrzej Bartke)

Chapter 9. The evolutionary ecology of body size with special
reference to allometry and survivorship; pp. 213-234
(C.David Rollo)

Chapter 10. Overview of research on giant transgenic mice with emphasis on the brain and aging; pp. 235-260
(C.David Rollo)

Chapter 11. Speculations on the evolutionary ecology of Homo sapiens with special reference to body size, allometry and survivorship; pp. 261-299
(C.David Rollo)

Chapter 12. Birthweight, height, brain size and intellectual ability; pp. 301-318
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 13. Impact of body size on resources, pollution, the environment and economics; pp. 319-328
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Chapter 14. Final remarks on human size, scaling and ecological implications; pp. 329-331
(Thomas T. Samaras)

Appendix A: Symbols, Acronyms, and Abbreviations Used in Text
Appendix B: Technical Review of Molecular and Physiological Aspects Relevant to Size, Free Radicals and Aging
(C. David Rollo)


I recommend this volume for every academic library. Students with a focus on the natural and social sciences are likely to need this volume in their studies. Professional policy makers should have access to and read this volume. Thomas Samaras' work should inspire legislators. In addition, college-educated citizens who have a general interest in the Earth's ecology will want to read it. For them, most public libraries should acquire it. Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling is an outstanding and revelatory book. - Stephen M Marson in Public Health Nutrition

This book is packed with ideas, and I challenge any reader working within the field of human growth to read even one chapter without achieving new insights into their area of expertise. - Jonathan C.K. Wells in Economics and Human Biology

...this book is worth a read for those with an interest in the evolutionary issues of human size and the impact of longevity, health and physiology. - British Journal of Sports Medicine, October 2008

...This book is packed with ideas and I challenge any reader working within the field of human growth to read even one chapter without achieving new insights into their area of expertise...To my knowledge, this book provides the most comprehensive examination to date of the hypothesis that human growth may have costs as well as benefits. - Economics and Human Biology 6 (2008)

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