Bergmann's rule(redirected from Bergman's rule)
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The principle that in wide-ranging, warm-blooded animal species, individuals living in a cold climate tend to be larger than individuals of that same species living in a warm climate.
[After Carl Bergmann (1814-1865), German biologist.]
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