Data from: Thermal adaptation best explains Bergmann's and Allen's rule across ecologically diverse shorebirds

Alexandra McQueen, Marcel Klaassen, Glenn Tattersall, Robyn Atkinson, Roz Jessop, Chris Hassell, Maureen Christie, , & Matthew Symonds
Bergmann’s and Allen’s rules state that endotherms should be larger and have shorter appendages in cooler climates. However, the drivers of these rules are not clear. Both rules could be explained by adaptation for improved thermoregulation, including plastic responses to temperature in early life. Non-thermal explanations are also plausible as climate impacts other factors that influence size and shape, including starvation risk, predation risk, and foraging ecology. We assess the potential drivers of Bergmann’s and...
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