About The Author

Jan is a research scientist at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

Was Endothermy In Birds And Mammals Induced By An Early Stop In Growth?

Any organism dies if its body temperature leaves the vital range. Thus, controlling the body temperature (or having a wide vital temperature range) is essential for any organism. The body temperature of ectothermic (cold-blooded) reptiles (lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles) is mainly influenced by ambient temperature. In reptiles, thermoregulation is largely a behavioral manipulation of