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Animals at the extremes: hibernation and torpor

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Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This unit examines the differences between hibernation and torpor, and discusses the characteristic signs of hibernation behaviour. It explores the triggers that bring on hibernation, and whether internal signals or external season cues are predominant. It also examines the physiological adaptations that occur in hibernating animals. This unit builds on and develops ideas introduced in the openlearn unit on Animals at the extreme: the desert environment (S324_1).

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science and nature | adaptation | adipose_tissue | animals | arousal | biology | biorhythms | bmr | environment | genes | hibernation | metabolisom | mitochondria | physiology | respiration | thermoregulation | torpor | Education | X000

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Animals at the extremes: polar biology

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The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This unit explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat. This unit builds on and develops ideas from two other 'Animals at the extreme' units: The desert environment (S324_1) and Hibernation and torpor (S324_2).

Subjects

science and nature | adaptation | adipose_tissue | animals | biology | breeding | dormancy | ecosystem | ectotherm | endotherm | environment | metabolisom | migration | physiology | polar | thermoregulation | Education | X000

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Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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