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Fires of Life : Endothermy in Birds and Mammals, Hardback Book

Fires of Life : Endothermy in Birds and Mammals Hardback


A groundbreaking argument on how endothermy-arguably the most important innovation in vertebrate evolution-developed in birds and mammals This pioneering work investigates why endothermy, or "warm-bloodedness," evolved in birds and mammals, despite its enormous energetic costs.

Arguing that single-cause hypotheses to explain the origins of endothermy have stalled research since the 1970s, Barry Gordon Lovegrove advances a novel conceptual framework that considers multiple potential causes and integrates data from the southern as well as the northern hemisphere.

Drawing on paleontological data; research on extant species in places like the Karoo, Namaqualand, Madagascar, and Borneo; and novel physiological models, Lovegrove builds a compelling new explanation for the evolution of endothermy.

Vividly narrated and illustrated, this book stages a groundbreaking argument that should prove provocative and fascinating for specialists and lay readers alike.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 60 b-w illus.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Evolution
  • ISBN: 9780300227161



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