Body Mass of Late Quarternary Mammals


This dataset compiles body mass of all known mammals across geographic and  taxonomic space and evolutionary time.

Dataset Location: Ecological Archives

Methods: Data was collected from more than 150 pre-established sources.

Data Collected: species, averaged body mass

Orders: Artiodactyla (280 records), Bibymalagasia (2 records), Carnivora (393 records), Cetacea (75 records), Chiroptera (1071 records), Dasyuromorphia (67 records), Dermoptera (3 records), Didelphimorphia (68 records), Diprotodontia (127 records), Hydracoidea (5 records), Insectivora (234 records), Lagomorpha (53 records), Litopterna (2 records), Macroscelidea (14 records), Microbiotheria (1 record), Monotremata (7 records), Notoryctemorphia (1 record), Notoungulata (5 records), Paucituberculata (5 records), Peramelemorphia (24 records), Perissodactyla (47 records), Pholidota (8 records), Primates (276 records), Proboscidea (14 records), Rodentia (1425 records), Scandentia (15 records), Sirenia (6 records), Tubulidentata (1 record), and Xenarthra (75 records)

Best practices:  No data code -999. Mammal taxonomy follows Wilson and Reeder (1993).  If both male and female body masses were not available, male body mass was used preferentially for all mammal taxa except bats, where female body mass was used preferentially.  Mean species values were obtained by averaging all the masses for males and females separately, then averaging the mean male body mass with the mean female body mass to obtain the mean species body mass.

Additional considerations:  These data are suitable for general questions, but the individual researcher should consider whether these data are suitable for use in answering population or site-specific questions.  Data have been summarized to provide mean species values.

Citation: Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403.

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