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Re: CROCODYLOMORPH ENDOTHERMY
On Fri, 26 Jan 1996 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 96-01-26 21:45:59 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
> Pharris) writes:
> >Point taken, but I don't believe that an ectothermic physiology could
> >support such an active, erect animal.
> There is also a breathing problem that an erect posture solves. A sprawling
> animal cannot breathe while it is moving fast (see the Cowen paper I
> mentioned in an earlier post). An elevated posture alleviates this problem,
> even in ectotherms.
Why, then, do all living ectotherms sprawl?
> Also, an animal's activity is governed more by the efficiency with which
> oxygen reaches its cells than by its body temperature. Fish are almost
> constantly on the move, yet are almost complete ectotherms. How do they
> manage this, if endothermy is necessary to sustain a high level of activity?
The *most* active fish (sharks, tuna, sailfish) have evolved some level
of endothermy. :-)
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