Heat Exchange from the Toucan Bill Reveals a Controllable Vascular Thermal Radiator

@article{Tattersall2009HeatEF,
  title={Heat Exchange from the Toucan Bill Reveals a Controllable Vascular Thermal Radiator},
  author={G. Tattersall and D. Andrade and A. Abe},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={325},
  pages={468 - 470}
}
  • G. Tattersall, D. Andrade, A. Abe
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine, Engineering
  • Science
  • Toucan Heat Exchanger Toucans are instantly recognizable by their large bills, which in the toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) accounts for about one-third of the total body length. The toucan's bill has been interpreted as a sexual ornament and as an adaptation for handling fruit. Tattersall et al. (p. 468) explore an alternative explanation in which the bill serves primarily as a thermoregulator. Infrared thermography techniques, which allow detailed observations with minimal disturbance to the… CONTINUE READING
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