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Title: A thermal model for reptiles and pelycosaurs
Authors: Florides, Georgios A. 
Wrobel, L. C. 
Καλογήρου, Σωτήρης 
Tassou, Savvas A. 
Keywords: Thermal modeling;Reptiles;Pelycosaurs;Dimetrodon
Category: Mechanical Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Elsevier B. V.
Source: Journal of Thermal Biology, Vol. 24, no. 1, 1999, pp. 1-13
Abstract: This paper deals with the thermal analysis of reptiles and pelycosaurs. The energy budgets affecting the body temperature of the reptile are presented. In the analysis the behaviour of the reptile, energy gains and losses due to metabolism, evaporation, solar heat, convection, and radiation are considered. The effect of the sail of pelycosaurs is also examined. Finite difference equations are derived and a computer program is written which allows also evaluation of the effect of the reptile blood flow rate. It is shown that the sail of pelycosaurs provided an advantage to the reptile by warming it up quicker in the morning in cold environments.
ISSN: 0306-4565
Rights: Copyright © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Type: Article
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