Thermoregulation in Adult Seabirds

  • Sheldon Lustick


In simple terms, an animal is fit in an evolutionary sense, if it can reproduce, obtain food, and avoid becoming someone else’s food. Those animals leaving the most viable offspring at the least possible cost can be considered the most fit. In birds, a major portion of the cost of survival is spent in maintaining a relatively high (38–42°C) body temperature (homeothermy). The maintenance of a relatively constant body temperature is based on a balance between heat production (metabolism), heat transfer from the environment, and heat transfer to the environment.


Heat Gain Standard Metabolic Rate Evaporative Water Loss Specific Dynamic Action Emperor Penguin 


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  • Sheldon Lustick
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  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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