Adaptive Capacity of the Pigeon’s Daily Body Temperature Rhythm
Daily cycles of deep body temperature (Tb) have been discovered in both mammals and birds already in the nineteenth century (Gierse, 1842 and Chossat, 1843 in Aschoff, 1970). Chossat mentioned in his study in pigeons that the magnitude of the temperature cycle was enhanced under the influence of food deprivation. This early report gives possibly a first hint at the adaptive function of body temperature temporal organization as accomplished by circadian temperature control.
KeywordsCore Temperature Metabolic Heat Production Deep Body Temperature Body Temperature Rhythm Daily Body Temperature
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