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Turning Up The Heat

Posted on Jun 4, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Fellow Dr. Michael Logan has tracked the evolutionary transition of cold blooded animals becoming warm blooded. At first this seems counterproductive as warm blooded animals expend 30 times more energy than their cold blooded counterparts to regulate their body heat. Dr. Logan has developed a hypothesis for this seemingly questionable evolutionary trait. Warm blooded animals are able to quickly address harmful pathogens and sickness by raising body temperatures to counter them.

Warm blooded animals are able to raise body temperatures in times of need to kill harmful diseases

Science Daily has written an article about Dr. Logan’s work available here.