Monday, August 19, 2013

An Elephant's Hot Spots

Elephants can fine tune their body temperature using "hot spots" scattered around their bodies.

Picture from Spirit Animals

For years society believed that elephants flapped their large ears to help keep cool, but a 2010 study revealed that elephants are able to direct their blood supply to small patches of skin throughout their body known as "hot spots", which helps them lose heat.

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