Thermogenesis, muscle hyperplasia, and the origin of birds

@article{Newman2011ThermogenesisMH,
  title={Thermogenesis, muscle hyperplasia, and the origin of birds},
  author={S. Newman},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={2011},
  volume={33}
}
  • S. Newman
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • BioEssays
A striking feature of all birds is the presence of massive skeletal muscles, particularly as compared with related taxa such as lizards or mammals. Depending on whether a bird is flightless or volant, a runner or swimmer, it will have either hyperplastic thigh muscles, breast muscles, or both. The anatomical diversity of birds, the most species-rich and ecologically diverse of the vertebrate classes, is remarkable. Nonetheless, the enormous, independently arising depots of skeletal muscle in… Expand
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