Re: heat loss vs. evolution

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Mon, 27 Nov 1995 03:47:05 GMT

: We have found that the surface area to volume ratios are important in
: understanding this question . What we were wondering is what materials we
: could use to test our hypothesis. We can't use live animals and want to

I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but you might try making various
figures out of identical clays with identical masses, heat them until
they have uniform temperatures, and then see how long they take to cool.
That would give you some information about passive cooling with respect
to shape.

You can also try similar (in the geometric sense) shapes with different
masses to compare passive cooling with respect to mass.

This will not give you any information about active cooling, sweating,
panting, shiverring, skin circulation, etc.

(I've heard of cooling tests done with copper mannikins, but clay or
plaster of paris or whatever would be easier for a student to handle.)

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