HOMEOSTASIS

Temperature Homeostasis

Temperature Homeostasis

Body temperature is controlled by homeostasis. There are two main ways in which this can be achieved:

  • mammals and birds create their own heat and are known as endotherms
  • other animals rely on their surroundings for heat and are known as ectotherms

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Endotherms

Mammals and birds are able to maintain a very good constant body temperature by creating heat internally and keeping it in via thermal insulation. In nearly all mammals the set point is 37.5