Was Endothermy In Birds And Mammals Induced By An Early Stop In Growth?
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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 heat input from the environment, principally the sun, or its avoidance. Endothermic (warm-blooded) birds and mammals including humans have an internal metabolic heat production and...

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