The evolution of thermal physiology in endotherms.

  title={The evolution of thermal physiology in endotherms.},
  author={Michael J Angilletta and Brandon S Cooper and Matthew S Schuler and Justin G. Boyles},
  journal={Frontiers in bioscience},
Biologists usually refer to mammals and birds as homeotherms, but these animals universally experience regional and temporal variations in body temperature. These variations could represent adaptive strategies of heterothermy, which in turn would favor genotypes that function over a wide range of temperatures. This coadaptation of thermoregulation and thermosensitivity has been studied extensively among ectotherms, but remains unexplored among endotherms. In this review, we apply classical… CONTINUE READING
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