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Improved homeothermy and hypothermia in African lions during gestation.

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Mammals use endogenously produced heat to maintain a high and relatively constant core body temperature (Tb). How they regulate their Tb during reproduction might inform us as to what thermal conditions are necessary for optimal development of offspring. However, few studies have measured Tb in free-ranging animals for sufficient periods of time to encounter reproductive events. We measured Tb continuously in six free-ranging adult female African lions (Panthera leo) for approximately 1 year....

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rsbl.2016.0645

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Wildlife Conservation Research Unit More from this funder
Recanti-Kaplan Foundation More from this funder
South African National Research Foundation More from this funder
Publisher:
The Royal Society Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Biology Letters Journal website
Volume:
12
Issue:
11
Publication date:
2016-11-08
Acceptance date:
2016-10-27
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ISSN:
1744-957X
Pubs id:
pubs:663855
URN:
uri:55ec50e0-a79d-4de6-9555-92b9d0ea60cd
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uuid:55ec50e0-a79d-4de6-9555-92b9d0ea60cd
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pubs:663855
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English
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