Selective brain cooling in mammals and birds.

  title={Selective brain cooling in mammals and birds.},
  author={Claus Jessen},
  journal={The Japanese journal of physiology},
  volume={51 3},
  • Claus Jessen
  • Published 2001 in The Japanese journal of physiology
Artiodactyls and felids have a carotid rete that can cool the blood destined for the brain and consequently the brain itself if the cavernous sinus receives cool blood returning from the nose. This condition is usually fulfilled in resting and moderately hyperthermic animals. During severe exercise hyperthermia, however, the venous return from the nose bypasses the cavernous sinus so that brain cooling is suppressed. This is irreconcilable with the assumption that the purpose of selective brain… CONTINUE READING

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