It is well-known that gravity limits the form and size of life. Scientists have been explaining for centuries how and why this happens in numerous science books and papers.
Galileo Galilei described over three hundred years ago how all structures, including life, are limited in size. In his 1638 book, Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences, he explains why larger animals’ bones must become relatively thicker compared with smaller animals to overcome gravity. In 1926 the British biologist J B S Haldane published a famous paper On Being the Right Size describing how the size of animals affects their form and function. In Growth and Form, D’Arcy Thompson concluded in 1942 that ‘the forms … of our bodies are entirely conditioned … by the strength of gravity upon the globe.’ In 1974 Steven Jay Gould discussed in the Natural History Magazine how the immutable laws of design set limits on all organisms. More recent television programs such as the Christmas Lectures 2010 and the BBCs Wonders of Life series explain how gravity effectively limits the scale of land-based life.[5,6]
Prof. Brian Cox's new 2013 book Wonders of Life reaffirms these thoughts in detail and notes that "On a planet with a weaker force of gravity, trees constructed from lignin could therefore grow much taller than they do on Earth..." (p121), "Any structure scaled upwards on Earth will eventually fail under its own weight ... because the force of gravity acts in proportion to its mass." (p135) Ultimately, then, the size of animals on land is restricted by the strength of bone and the mass of the Earth. On a planet such as Mars, given the same bone strength, animals could be more massive because Mars's gravitational pull is around a third of the Earth. This would permit, in principle, larger animals to roam the red planet." (p139), "It is not the availability of food or the outcomes of evolution that ultimately decide the size of the largest land-based animal - it is gravity." (p138), "... there is a maximum size, which on land is set by the size and mass of our planet, because the force of gravity restricts the emergence of giants." (p161).
There is no doubt that the size of life is controlled by the strength of gravity and this is exactly the point I make in the first few chapters of my Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth book. All land-based life is limited in size by gravity due to the scale effect. This is a relatively simple concept: consider two animals of exactly the same shape, with one animal twice as large as the other, both in the same gravity as indicated below.