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Allens rule

Allen's rule A corollary to Bergmann's rule and Gloger's rule, holding that a race of warm-blooded species in a cold climate typically has shorter protruding body parts (nose, ears, tail, and legs) relative to body size than another race of the same species in a warm climate. This is because long protruding parts emit more body heat, and so are disadvantageous in a cool environment but advantageous in a warm environment. The idea is disputed, critics pointing to many other adaptations for heat conservation which are probably more important, notably fat layers, feathers, fur, and behavioural adaptations to avoid extreme temperatures. The rule was proposed by the American zoologist J. A. Allen in 1876.

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Allens rule

Allen's rule A corollary to Bergmann's rule and Gloger's rule, holding that a race of warm-blooded species in a cold climate typically has shorter protruding body parts (nose, ears, tail, and legs) relative to body size than another race of the same species in a warm climate. This is because long protruding parts emit more body heat, and so are disadvantageous in a cool environment, but advantageous in a warm environment. The idea is disputed, critics pointing to many other adaptations for heat conservation which probably are more important, notably fat layers, feathers, fur, and behavioural adaptations to avoid extreme temperatures.

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Allen's rule

Allen's rule A corollary to Bergmann's rule and Gloger's rule, holding that a race of warm-blooded species in a cold climate typically has shorter protruding body parts (nose, ears, tail, and legs) relative to body size than another race of the same species in a warm climate. This is because long protruding parts emit more body heat, and so are disadvantageous in a cool environment, but advantageous in a warm environment. The idea is disputed, critics pointing to many other adaptations for heat conservation which probably are more important, notably fat layers, feathers, fur, and behavioural adaptations to avoid extreme temperatures.

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