Storage of Blood in the Mammalian Spleen: an Evolutionary Perspective

  title={Storage of Blood in the Mammalian Spleen: an Evolutionary Perspective},
  author={Ion Udroiu},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
Splenic blood storage is usually considered a characteristic restricted to Carnivora, Perissodactyla, and Ruminantia. In these mammals, the red pulp comprises the major part of the organ and – within it – the cords show a vast extension, allowing the storage of a great quantity of erythrocytes. Moreover, well-muscularized capsule and trabeculae permit a strong contractility. In this way, a significant quantity of erythrocytes can be poured into the circulation in response to an increased demand… CONTINUE READING

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