Fetal lung development in the elephant reflects the adaptations required for snorkeling in adult life

@article{West2003FetalLD,
  title={Fetal lung development in the elephant reflects the adaptations required for snorkeling in adult life},
  author={J. West and Z. Fu and A. Gaeth and R. Short},
  journal={Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={138},
  pages={325-333}
}
  • J. West, Z. Fu, +1 author R. Short
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
  • The adult elephant is unique among mammals in that the pleural membranes are thickened and the pleural cavity is obliterated by connective tissue. It has been suggested that this peculiar anatomy developed because the animal can snorkel at depth, and this behavior subjects the microvessels in the parietal pleura to a very large transmural pressure. To investigate the development of the parietal pleura, the thickness of the endothoracic fascia (ET) was measured in four fetal African elephants of… CONTINUE READING
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