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2009-08-24 13:41:35

An Australian scientist says he has found, contrary to theory, young Arctic muskoxen conserve heat nearly as well as do adults. Biologist Adam Munn of the University of Sydney said young animals theoretically should have a harder time holding heat because they have larger ratios of surface area to body volume, meaning more of their body mass is directly exposed to the cold. That theory appeared to hold true for muskoxen, with scientists reporting high death rates for muskox calves during...

2009-08-20 13:45:00

A new study finds that young muskoxen conserve heat almost as well as adults, a finding that runs contrary to a longstanding assumption among scientists that young animals should be more vulnerable in extreme cold. The study, by biologist Adam Munn from the University of Sydney, Australia, will be published in the forthcoming issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.Surviving freezing winters is tough for any animal, but it is generally assumed to be tougher on the young. Young animals...


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