What Is the Use of Elephant Hair?

@inproceedings{Myhrvold2012WhatIT,
  title={What Is the Use of Elephant Hair?},
  author={Conor L. Myhrvold and Howard A Stone and Elie Bou-Zeid},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
The idea that low surface densities of hairs could be a heat loss mechanism is understood in engineering and has been postulated in some thermal studies of animals. However, its biological implications, both for thermoregulation as well as for the evolution of epidermal structures, have not yet been noted. Since early epidermal structures are poorly preserved in the fossil record, we study modern elephants to infer not only the heat transfer effect of present-day sparse hair, but also its… CONTINUE READING
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