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On the transient temperatures of ectotherms

Authors
Journal
Journal of Thermal Biology
0306-4565
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0306-4565(87)90006-4
Keywords
  • Ectotherms
  • Heating And Cooling Rates
  • Birds-Eggs
  • Alligators

Abstract

Abstract Studies of the heating and cooling rates of ectotherms usually report only a time contant for temperature change. This implies that the transient temperatures of ectotherms behave like a first-order physical system. However, the transient temperatures of ectotherms may behave more like an overdamped second-order system. Reporting only a single time constant ignores half of the information in a temperature transient, and severely limits the predictive power of the results gathered to date.

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