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What is the relationship of body mass to metabolic rate of mammals?

The relationship of body mass to metbolic rate of mammals is the smaller the mammal, the greater is its metabolic rate and the more it must consume relative to its body size. This happens because the matabolic rate of a mammal (and therefore the amoint of food it must eat to sustain this metabolic rate) varies in rough proportion to the relative surface area rather than to body weight.

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