Comperative Animal Behavior

1.  Briefly describe two methods for measuring metabolic rate.  What method would be most appropriate for an animal living free under natural conditions?

2.  Briefly describe two examples of physiological, ecological, or pharmacological consequences of the relationship between body size and metabolic rate.

3.  Describe the relationship between temperature and metabolic rate for an ectotherm.  (In other words, what happens to metabolic rate as environmental temperature changes?)  Don’t worry about explanations here, just describe the shape of the relationship.

4.  Why is torpor more commonly found in small endotherms, rather than larger ones like bears?

5.  What is the proposed explanation for the calorigenic effect of feeding, and what experimental evidence supports that explanation?

6.  Briefly describe the process of digestion of triglyceride fats.

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