Comparative Physiology of Thermoregulation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127476032, 9781483257433

Comparative Physiology of Thermoregulation

1st Edition

Special Aspects of Thermoregulation

Editors: G. Causey Whittow
eBook ISBN: 9781483257433
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1973
Page Count: 290
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Comparative Physiology of Thermoregulation, Volume III: Special Aspects of Thermoregulation attempts to do three things: It completes the taxonomic organization of the first two volumes, with a chapter on the ""primitive"" mammals. It deals with special aspects of thermoregulation. Aquatic mammals must be considered in this category because they are the only ""warm-blooded"" animals that live in a medium which has an enormous cooling power compared with that of air. Torpidity is a dramatic thermoregulatory phenomenon displayed by only certain groups of mammals, while the newborn mammal faces special problems in thermoregulation that distinguish it from the adult. Finally, the last chapter complements the arrangement of the first two volumes by its treatment of the evolution of thermoregulation from the standpoint of physiological systems rather than classes of animals. It was initially hoped that this three-volume treatise would provide a useful reference work for the comparative physiologist. The reception accorded to the first two volumes suggests that this hope has been largely realized. However, it appears that the books have their greatest appeal to those engaged in the study of physiological ecology, and this lends to the work a currency which was not entirely anticipated at the time of its conception.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Contents of Other Volumes

1. "Primitive" Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Phylogeny of Primitive Mammals

III. Body Temperature under Nonstress Conditions

IV. Basal or Standard Metabolic Rate

V. Responses of Primitive Mammals to Cold

VI. Thermoregulatory Responses to Heat

VII. Conclusions


2. Aquatic Mammals

I. Aquatic and Diving Mammals

II. Body Temperature

III. Metabolic Heat Production

IV. Insulation

V. Development of Thermoregulation in Infant Aquatic Mammals

VI. Aquatic Man

VII. Conclusions


3. Torpidity in Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Evolution

III. Energy Conservation

IV. Patterns of Torpor

V. Cellular and Organ Adaptations for Low Body Temperatures

VI. Regulation of the Cardiovascular System

VII. Nervous System

VIII. Endocrine Glands

IX. Biochemical Adaptations

X. Acclimation

XI. Endogenous and Exogenous Rhythms

XII. Sleep and Hibernation

XIII. Physiological Changes Accompanying Hibernation


4. Thermoregulation in Young Mammals

I. Introduction

II. Body Size and Thermoregulation

III. Behavioral Thermoregulation

IV. Physical Thermoregulation

V. Heat Production

VI. The Poikilothermic Response of Newborn Mammals

VII. Special Problems Immediately following Birth

VIII. Conclusions


5. Evolution of Thermoregulation

I. Introduction

II. Body Size, Shape, and Composition

III. Body Temperature

IV. Heat Production

V. Heat Loss

VI. Behavior

VII. Thermoregulatory Control Mechanisms

VIII. Ontogeny of Thermoregulation

IX. Conclusions


Author Index

Subject Index


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