April 1, 2023
James Madison University
US/Eastern timezone
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Newton Rules Biology: How Physics Influences Sizes and Shapes of Animals

Apr 1, 2023, 9:45 AM
King Hall 0243 (James Madison University)

King Hall 0243

James Madison University

701 Carrier Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
talk (15-minute) Morning Session 2B


Lilian Clairmont (Appomattox Regional Governor's School)


We are used to seeing variations in size and proportions among humans and animals, often without thinking much of it. What limits their sizes? Why is it that the tallest man or woman is not taller than 8 feet? And, while at it, why aren’t more of them? What challenges would a much taller person (or shorter) face in their day-to-day living? What about efficiency – how does food consumption relate to average specimen size? In this talk we will examine and attempt to answer some of these questions by placing nature's creatures under a “Physics” microscope.

Primary author

Lilian Clairmont (Appomattox Regional Governor's School)

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