These reviews however, deal primarily with higher vertebrates where determination of adult size has a large … Other articles where Indeterminate growth is discussed: mammal: Skin and hair: Continuous growth of hair (indeterminate), as seen on the heads of humans, is rare among mammals. Think giant sequoias and other redwood trees. Lizards, snakes, amphibians, and coral all continue to grow until they die. Mathematical descriptions of indeterminate growth. In mammals, continued weight gain after maturity is clearly distinguishable from continued skeletal growth (indeterminate growth). Determinate growth is finite. Sharks aren't the only animal that keeps growing. The first coat of a young mammal is referred to as the juvenal pelage, which typically is… It usually means the main stem ends with a flower or other reproductive structure. THE ECOLOGY OF INDETERMINATE GROWTH IN ANIMALS Kenneth P. Sebens Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908 INTRODUCTION Body size as an ecologically important characteristic has received significant attention in recent years (15, 93, 143, 148). Author information: (1)Centre for Nutrition Modelling, Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics Vol. Animals can either grow indeterminately (throughout life), or grow determinately, ceasing at maturity. The growth strategy of a species influences many key aspects of its life-history. Background: The growth strategy of a species influences many key aspects of its life-history. Indeterminate growth can also refer to sequential flowering that starts at the bottom and on the sides of a plant, and then moves in and up. Animals can either grow indeterminately (throughout life), or grow determinately, ceasing at maturity. Hairs with determinate growth are subject to wear and must be replaced periodically—a process termed molt. The main stem will just keep on growing. Powell CD(1), López S(2), Dumas A(3), Bureau DP(4), Hook SE(5), France J(6). THE ECOLOGY OF INDETERMINATE GROWTH IN ANIMALS. Indeterminate growth doesn’t stop. In mammals, continued weight gain after maturity is clearly distinguishable from continued skeletal growth (indeterminate growth).