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Unformatted text preview: Greater agility and speed—muscles that are warm generate more power. Therefore animals that can maintain a constant body temperature are capable of greater activities without first warming up Disadvantages Endothermy requires using more energy to maintain a body temperature above that of the environment Endotherms typically must have some form of insulation and fat reserves Higher energy requirements necessitate more efficient circulatory and respiratory systems Endotherms must process their food more effectively so that they derive as much energy as possible from it. Many need to eat food with high energy content....
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course BIOL 2504 taught by Professor Bdopell during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.
- Fall '07