Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14279/1841
Title: A thermal model for reptiles and pelycosaurs
Authors: Florides, Georgios A. 
Wrobel, L. C. 
Kalogirou, Soteris A. 
Tassou, Savvas A. 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Mechanical Engineering
Keywords: Thermal modeling;Reptiles;Pelycosaurs;Dimetrodon
Issue Date: Feb-1999
Source: Journal of Thermal Biology,1999, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 1-13
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 13
Journal: Journal of Thermal Biology 
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.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14279/1841
ISSN: 03064565
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4565(98)00032-1
Rights: © Elsevier
Type: Article
Affiliation : Higher Technical Institute Cyprus 
Brunel University London 
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