Fires of Life: Endothermy in Birds and Mammals

Barry Gordon Lovegrove (Author) Roger S. Seymour (Foreword by)
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This pioneering work investigates why endothermy evolved in birds and mammals, despite its enormous energetic costs. Vividly narrated and illustrated, this book integrates paleontology, zoology, and physiology to stage a groundbreaking argument that will prove provocative and fascinating for specialists and lay readers alike.

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Yale University Press
Publish Date
June 25, 2019
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.4 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

Barry Gordon Lovegrove is professor emeritus in the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of The Living Deserts of Southern Africa, winner of the 1995 University of Natal Book Prize, and co-editor of Hypometabolism in Animals.


"In my view Barry Gordon Lovegrove is probably the best person alive to tackle this subject in the round."--Andrew Clarke, Emeritus Fellow, British Antarctic Survey, author of Principles of Thermal Ecology
"This book was quite impossible to put down. Barry Gordon Lovegrove has spent his life working on issues related to the question he poses, and his thoughts and ideas are well worth considering."--Mark Brigham, University of Regina and Rhodes University
"Barry Lovegrove has a history of tackling key macroevolutionary questions from the perspective of evolutionary physiology. In this must-read, he elucidates the evolution of endothermy in mammals and in the ancestors of birds and dinosaurs."--Theodore Garland, Jr., University of California, Riverside
"The evolutionary journey of endothermy in vertebrates: a lot older and hotter than you think."--Fritz Geiser, University of New England