Body Size and Complexity

Instructions:Please read “Cope’s Rule in the Evolution of Marine Mammals” by Heim et al. published in Science (2015) as well as the Stanford news article about this research and answer the following discussion questions. You will not be able to view any other posts until you have submitted your own post. This activity is not about having a completely correct answer, but about the thought and reasoning behind your answer.Discussion Questions:Why does large body size correspond with increased organismal complexity?Cope’s rule postulates that animals tend to increase in size over evolutionary time. A primary basis for this theory is due to the proposed advantages of having a larger body size.What are some of these advantages?Which of these advantages did the authors conclude were behind the evolutionary trend of large body size in marine animals? What evidence do they use to draw these conclusions?