Adaptive thermogenesis in hummingbirds.

@article{Bicudo2002AdaptiveTI,
  title={Adaptive thermogenesis in hummingbirds.},
  author={Jos{\'e} Eduardo Pereira Wilken Bicudo and Antonio Carlos Mugayar Bianco and Claudia Regina Vianna},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={205 Pt 15},
  pages={2267-73}
}
The occurrence of non-shivering thermogenesis in birds has long been a controversial issue. Although birds are endothermic vertebrates, sharing with mammals (placental mammals and marsupials) a common ancestor, they do not possess brown adipose tissue or a similar type of tissue, unlike their mammalian counterparts. Some bird species are, however, able to withstand very low ambient temperatures (-70 degrees C) or undergo periods of heterothermia, and there is now good experimental evidence… CONTINUE READING
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