Hi Ariella,

If you aren't familiar with it yet, I recommend Zelditch's "Green Book", 
aka Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists: A Primer (2nd edition). It 
includes a chapter on allometric analysis and some practical examples, as 
well as references to many papers that apply the methods. 


On Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:17:36 PM UTC-6, Ariella Rink wrote:
> Hi All
> I am a PhD student working on quantifying the importance of sexual 
> selection in contributing to diversification in South African monkey 
> beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). An important component of my study 
> depends on investigating the allometric scaling relationships of hind leg 
> size and shape across populations of *Scelophysa trimeni*, taking the 
> phylogeny into consideration. Male monkey beetles use their hind legs in 
> battles over females. From my understanding of the literature that I have 
> read, this would be a study of evolutionary allometry, and would require 
> specialised analyses, such as Phylogenetic Generalised Least Squares 
> Regression in order to quantify the evolutionary allometric 
> slope/intercept, and compare and contrast the allometric slopes/intercepts 
> of each population. I do not have a strong background in evolutionary 
> biology; however, I am learning as I go. Consequently, I feel that I am 
> missing some important and basic aspects in my readings of the literature, 
> and would like to know if anyone could recommend to me material that 
> clearly lays out the theory of evolutionary allometry, as well as its 
> practical application.
> Kind regards
> Ariella Rink

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