water & body hair

Alex Duncan (aduncan@mail.utexas.edu)
9 Nov 1995 15:07:05 GMT

In article <47rftg$okp@henson.cc.wwu.edu> Phillip Bigelow,
n8010095@cc.wwu.edu writes:

>>You never answered my "anecdotal" point and this is the third
>>time I've tried to get an answer from you.
>> . . . . . . that hominid (and hominid females in
>>particular) would frequently swim and dive for shellfish. On
>>emerging from the water they would have to dry off. The more
>>hair they had, the more they would suffer the chill factor
>>arising from evaporation

Japenese snow-monkeys are famous for their "hot-tubbing". In the middle
of frigid Japanese winters, they frequent natural hot springs, which they
sit in up to their necks for reasonably long periods of times. Despite
this, Japanese snow monkeys have very thick fur.

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086