Various geographic changes can arise such as the movement of continentsand the formation of mountains, islands, bodies of water, or glaciers. Human activity such as agriculture or developments can also change the distribution of species populations. These factors can substantially alter a region's geographyresulting in the separation of a species population into isolated subpopulations.
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The vicariant populations then undergo genetic changes as they become subjected to different selective pressuresexperience genetic driftand accumulate different mutations in the separated populations gene pools.
The barriers prevent the exchange of genetic information between the two populations leading to reproductive isolation. If the two populations come into contact they will be unable to reproduce—effectively speciating. Other isolating factors such as population dispersal leading to emigration can cause speciation for instance, the dispersal and isolation of a species on an oceanic island and is considered a special case of allopatric speciation called peripatric speciation.
Allopatric speciation is typically subdivided into two major models: vicariance and peripatric. Both models differ from one another by virtue of their population sizes and geographic isolating mechanisms. The terms allopatry and vicariance are often used in biogeography to describe the relationship between organisms whose ranges do not significantly overlap but are immediately adjacent to each other—they do not occur together or only occur within a narrow zone of contact. Historically, the language used to refer to modes of speciation directly reflected biogeographical distributions.
Furthermore, the terms allopatric, vicariant, and geographical speciation are often used interchangeably in the scientific literature. Observation of nature creates difficulties in witnessing allopatric speciation from "start-to-finish" as it operates as a dynamic process.
Nevertheless, verbal and mathematical models, laboratory experiments, and empirical evidence overwhelmingly supports the occurrence of allopatric speciation in nature. Speciation by vicariance is widely regarded as the most common form of speciation;  and is the primary model of allopatric speciation. Vicariance is a process by which the geographical range of an individual taxonor a whole biotais split into discontinuous populations disjunct distributions by the formation of an extrinsic barrier to the exchange of genes: that is, a barrier arising externally to a species.
These extrinsic barriers often arise from various geologic -caused, topographic changes such as: the formation of mountains orogeny ; the formation of rivers or bodies of water; glaciation ; the formation or elimination of land bridges ; the movement of continents over time by tectonic plates ; or island formation, including sky islands.
These can change the distribution of species populations. The emergence of suitable or unsuitable habitat configurations may arise from these changes and can originate by changes in climate or even large scale human activities for example, agricultural, civil engineering developments, and habitat fragmentation. Among others, these many factors can alter a regions geography in substantial ways, resulting in the separation of a species population into isolated subpopulations. The vicariant populations then undergo genotypic or phenotypic divergence as: a they become subjected to different selective pressures, b they independently undergo genetic driftand c different mutations arise in the gene pools of the populations.
The extrinsic barriers prevent the exchange of genetic information between the two populations, inevitably leading to differentiation due to the ecologically different habitats they experience; selective pressure then invariably leads to complete reproductive isolation.
Allopatric speciation can be represented as the extreme on a gene flow continuum. Reproductive isolation acts as the primary mechanism driving genetic divergence in allopatry  and can be amplified by divergent selection. Since species pairs who diverged in allopatry often exhibit pre- and post-zygotic isolation mechanisms, investigation of the earliest stages in the life cycle of the species can indicate whether or not divergence occurred due to a pre-zygotic or post-zygotic factor.
However, establishing the specific mechanism may not be accurate, as a species pair continually diverges over time. For example, if a plant experiences a chromosome duplication eventreproduction will occur, but sterile hybrids will result—functioning as a form of post-zygotic isolation. Subsequently, the newly formed species pair may experience pre-zygotic barriers to reproduction as selection, acting on each species independently, will ultimately lead to genetic changes making hybrids impossible.
From the researchers perspective, the current isolating mechanism may not reflect the past isolating mechanism. Reinforcement has been a contentious factor in speciation.Allometryalso called biological scalingin biologythe change in organisms in relation to proportional changes in body size.
An example of allometry can be seen in mammals. Ranging from the mouse to the elephantas the body gets larger, in general hearts beat more slowly, brains get bigger, bones get proportionally shorter and thinner, and life spans lengthen. Even ecologically flexible characteristics, such as population density and the size of home ranges, scale in a predictive way with body size.
Scaling is often considered to be one of the few laws in biology. In allometry, equations are often presented in logarithmic form so that a diverse range of body sizes can be plotted on a single graph. The most common example of allometry is geometric scaling, in which surface area is a function of body mass.
Biologists have studied scaling within individual organisms, among different individual organisms, and across groups of many individuals or species. Studies of allometry take two basic forms. The other approach concerns how and why organisms change relative to size—for example, why deer that have large antlers for their size tend to use them more for fighting and aggressive behaviour.
One mechanism proposed to account for scaling states that biological organisms are limited by the rates at which energy and materials can be distributed between surfaces where they are physiologically exchanged and the tissues are used. Thus, allometric relations may be ultimately related to anatomical and physiological features of energy usage. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
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Isometric strength and CSA of the biceps were assessed on the non-dominant arm. The CSA allometric model met all statistical criteria and produced a scaling exponent of 0. As such, allometric scaling models of isometric strength, especially in populations that are heterogeneous with regard to body composition, must be carefully tested and examined across the range of BMI. Isometric strength relative to CSA was not significantly different between groups.
These data suggest that isometric strength in women is not completely determined by CSA and other factors such as intramuscular fat and muscle fiber type may be confounding or contributing factors. Muscle strength testing is commonly used to evaluate, assess, and compare data regarding muscle function in athletic, clinical, and rehabilitation settings.
The ability to compare muscle strength between and within groups is important in research as well. Results from strength testing are commonly confounded by body size, and inconsistencies can arise when strength data are non-normalized for body size or normalized using inappropriate methods Jaric Absolute methods of strength testing tend to yield a bias toward larger individuals Vanderburgh et al.
Normalizing strength relative to muscle cross-sectional area CSA has been proposed as the gold standard within fusiform muscle groups i. However, we recently showed that CSA did not demonstrate the expected relationship with isometric strength in a large cohort of adult males Zoeller et al. Allometric scaling is based on the theory of geometric similarity, which holds that all humans have the same shape and differ only in size Astrand and Rodahl ; Jaric et al.
More specifically, limb lengths are proportional to body height Land all areas e. However, these assumptions may be confounded by other factors such as body composition, fiber type distribution, muscle fiber pennation angle, distances of the tendon insertion from the center of rotation of the joint, and limitations inherent in measures of CSA compared with muscle volume. The issues identified above have been extensively reviewed by Bruce et al.
However, allometric scaling models must be carefully evaluated for appropriateness of fit using regression diagnostics Batterham and George ; Nevill and Holder Excess adiposity, as in overweight or obesity, represents a potential confound for allometric scaling when using BM or even CSA as the scaling variables, especially in females.
Lafortuna et al. Both of these studies showed BMI to be significantly and positively associated with muscular strength in males. In females, however, Lafortuna et al. These data suggest that allometric scaling of muscular strength using BM as the scaling variable may be confounded by the relative contribution of fat mass FMespecially in females. Based on limited evidence, it has been suggested that increased adiposity may impair muscle function and strength. However, each of those studies had methodological issues in terms of the development or application of the allometric models.
The FAMuSS study is a multi-site, controlled, unilateral biceps resistance exercise study assessing four specific variables: 1 baseline biceps muscle strength, 2 baseline biceps muscle CSA, 3 post-training biceps muscle strength, and 4 post-training muscle CSA. The goal of the study is to search for relationships between these muscle traits and specific genetic markers [single-nucleotide polymorphisms SNP ].
The well-controlled design of the FAMuSS study also provided a unique opportunity to develop and evaluate allometric scaling models in a large cohort of previously untrained adult females and evaluate the influence of BMI. However, a brief description is presented below:. Further approval to use these archived data was obtained from the Florida Atlantic University institutional review board for human subjects experimentation. A body mass measurement kilograms, kg was performed with calibrated balance-beam scales before the initiation of all strength testing and training for all FAMuSS study participants.
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI was performed before exercise training to assess biceps brachialis anatomical CSA, as previously described Thompson et al.
The reproducibility of these data has also been previously described Pescatello et al. Because of concerns that post-exertion swelling can spuriously increase MRI measurements, pre-training MRI were performed before testing isometric strength. Isometric strength of the elbow flexor muscles of the non-dominant arm was measured using a specially constructed, modified preacher bench and strain gauge model CTL, Lafayette Instrument Company, Lafayette, IN.
Baseline measures of isometric strength were assessed on three separate days spaced no more than 2 days apart to control for learning effect. On each of the testing days, three maximal isometric contractions were performed with each arm.
Each contraction lasted 2 s, with 1 min of recovery allowed between contractions. The average of the peak force produced during the three contractions was used as the criterion score. To obtain three consistent peak force values, up to two more contractions were performed if a peak value deviated by more than 22 N Newtons, N or 2.
The following steps outline the procedures used to construct and then evaluate the appropriateness of each model:.Morphological novelty is often thought of as the evolution of an entirely new body plan or the addition of new structures to existing body plans.
However, novel morphologies may also arise through modification of organ systems within an existing body plan. The evolution of novel scaling relationships between body size and organ size constitutes such a novel morphological feature. Experimental studies have demonstrated that there is genetic variation for allometries and that scaling relationships can evolve under artificial selection.
We show that an allometry equation derived from Gompertz growth kinetics can accurately reconstruct complex non-linear allometries, and can be used to deduce the growth kinetics of the parts being compared. The equation also shows the relationship between ontogenetic and static allometries.
We discuss how changes in the non-linear kinetics of growth can give rise to novel allometric relationships. Using parameters for wing and body growth of Manduca sextaand a population simulation of the allometry equation, we show that selection on wing-body scaling can dramatically alter wing size without changing body size. Novelty within an existing plan can come about by invoking developmental pathways in novel circumstances.
Good examples are the evolution of eyespots in butterflies, whose development is controlled by the distal-less transcriptional regulator, which normally functions in developmental systems to specify the outgrowth of morphological features such as legs and antennae Carroll et al. Another example is the evolutionary origin of horns in scarabeid beetles whose growth is controlled by insulin signaling and could therefore arise by expression of the insulin receptor and response pathway in novel locations Emlen et al.
These are novel phenotypes without prior homology to another morphological feature but whose origin relies on the expression of old pathways in novel locations and in a different morphological and developmental context. Less dramatic novelties can come about by changes in the relative sizes of body parts. Many insects, for instance, have evolved almost grotesquely enlarged appendages, usually thought to evolve under sexual selection for competition among males or attraction of females.
The long eyestalks of diopsid flies are an example of this Wilkinson and Reilloas are mandibles in stag beetles, and the relative sizes of cephalic and thoracic horns in beetles Emlen and Nijhout The wings of bats are another example of novelty through a change in form and function of a pre-existing body part. If the evolution of novel scaling relationships between body size and organ size, or among organs or appendages, or along the different dimensions of an organ or appendage, can be thought of as novel morphological features, then morphological novelty can arise through evolutionary changes in the relative growth of body parts Fig.
Insects provide excellent examples of evolutionary novel allometries Emlen and Nijhout Some examples of exaggerated traits in insects. Exaggerated legs can arise by increasing the relative growth of legs.
Beetle horns can arise by novel expressions of growth factor receptors. Horns, heads an appendages can evolve novel shapes by changes in their relative growth in different directions From Emlen and Nijhout [ ]. Experimental studies have demonstrated that there is genetic variation for allometric relationships and that allometries and scaling relationships can evolve under artificial selection Weber ; Emlen ; Frankino et al. A natural question that therefore arises is how changes in the growth kinetics of body and body parts lead to altered scaling relationships?
Understanding how body parts grow and how their growth kinetics leads to allometric relationship is therefore critical to a mechanistic understanding of the evolution of novel scaling relationships.
It would also provide new insights into evolutionary novelty itself. It is just an equation that often fits the data reasonably well.
The Huxley equation arose from the observation that when morphometric data are log-transformed, or when data in the arithmetic domain are plotted on double-logarithmic axes, their relationships are often approximately linear.Thanks to feed-in tariffs, you could save money on your bills by feeding any excess energy back to the grid and what you feed back, you'll get credit for.
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I show here that these power laws are a consequence of the way evolution operates. The Huxley whose name appears in the title of this article is not Thomas Darwin's 'Bulldog'but his grandson Julian, the author of Problems of Relative Growth [ 1 ], brother of the novelist Aldous Brave New World and half-brother of the biophysicist Andrew the Hodgkin-Huxley equations. InJulian began studying the relative size of various organs and found many examples of what he called 'allometries', as opposed to 'isometries'.
If an individual were simply magnified, all the parts would increase in size by the same amount and this would be an example of an isometry, in which the relative size of the component parts is independent of the absolute size of the organism. Allometric relations are illustrated by pictures and graphs.
Allometric scaling of isometric biceps strength in adult females and the effect of body mass index
The size of the head is clearly relatively larger for the larger ants, an example of an allometric relationship. The line drawing between the two smallest ants shows the outlines of the four ant heads superimposed, after being scaled in the x and y directions to be the same size. The remarkable thing Huxley discovered in his studies of relative growth, and summarized in his book Problems of Relative Growth [ 1 ], is that the mathematical relationship describing an allometry is very often a power law rather than some other function such as an exponential or a sigmoidal curve.
It is easy to imagine that these double logarithmic plots would be curved rather than straight not power lawsbut in fact they typically are close to straight lines, sometimes over a 1,fold or more range of sizes. Allometric relationships like these are also called 'scaling laws' in the broader context of the physical sciences. Why should power laws pop up so frequently in studies of the relative sizes of parts of an organism?
A common view is that their frequent appearance is an illusion. Problems of Relative Growth was an immediate success, but Huxley's argument that allometric relationships are described by power laws was viewed with suspicion from the very start. For example, in his review of Huxley's book in NatureCFA Pantin [ 2 ] concluded that "It is a book which every biological library should possess and every student of biology can read with profit.
Of the causes of differential growth we have little knowledge; their investigation is the problem at issue. A variety of possible relations, in fact, reduce approximately to this formula. But it is not the object of the formula to establish the correctness of a particular hypothesis as the cause of differential growth; it merely expresses the observed facts with considerable accuracy in a simple way, so that many very significant features emerge which would not otherwise do so.
Pantin's early reserve about the use of power laws has continued. For example, in his comprehensive review of allometry, Gould [ 3 ] said that allometry " Here I show, however, that Huxley's power laws are not just a convenience but rather often are a natural consequence of the way evolution operates. Julian Huxley graduated from Oxford just years after the birth of Charles Darwin, and after attending the centennial celebrations, embarked on a career in biology.
Later in his career, Huxley was an important participant in the incorporation of population genetics into Darwinian theory — the synthetic or neo-Darwinian theory of evolution — but his first major contribution was the study of allometric relations. To understand why Huxley was so attracted to scaling laws in biology, I first need to briefly review the state of evolutionary theory in [ 4 ].
By the start of the 20th century, virtually all biologists embraced the notion of evolution. But at that time there was a sharp debate about the mechanism of evolutionary change.