Saturday, April 25, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    Even in the tropics, where the difference between winter and summer is minimal, temperatures can vary significantly between the rainy and the dry seasons.  Organisms have developed all sorts of ways of dealing with those variations.  They hibernate or estivate or migrate.  They dissipate heat through panting or conserve it by growing thicker coats of fur.  Honeybees warm themselves by contracting the muscles in their thorax.  Wood storks cool off by defecating on their own legs. (In very hot weather, wood storks may excrete on their legs as often as once a minute.)

    (from The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert)

    9*/10.  The complete review is here.

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