Huddling behavior as critical phase transition triggered by low temperatures

@article{Canals2011HuddlingBA,
  title={Huddling behavior as critical phase transition triggered by low temperatures},
  author={Mauricio Canals and Francisco Bozinovic},
  journal={Complexity},
  year={2011},
  volume={17},
  pages={35-43}
}
Huddling is a grouping behavior where animals maintain close bodily contact and save energy. We tested the hypothesis that this thermoregulatory behavior behaves as a system with continuous (second-order phase) transition called critical when the environmental temperature (driving parameter) is near a critical value. To do so, we followed theoretical and experimental approaches, examining data from geometrical models, metabolic rate during huddling in small mammals, and also conducting an… CONTINUE READING
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