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Old 03-12-2017, 12:33 PM
EdelweissPirate EdelweissPirate is offline
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Originally Posted by Green Bean View Post
I think the larger animal would at least have a greater proportion of edible weight


So, anybody know anything about blue whale anatomy?
Actually, it goes the other way: bone mass does not increase linearly with body mass, but rather with mass raised to the power of 1.09. So if a blue whale is 100 times the size of a smaller whale, we'd expect its ones to be 151 times as big as the smaller whale's. This suggests a smaller proportion of edible material from the larger whale.

Galileo was one of the first to notice this nonlinearity. Here's an account of Galileo's take on things and how that correlates to the observable world: