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Effect of Hypothermia on Death by Starvation


IT is known that during the winter months some animals adjust themselves to unfavourable living conditions, particularly food shortage, by hibernation. This leads to a considerable lowering of the total metabolism and a drop in body temperature which enable the animals to survive the winter with a minimum consumption of nutrient.

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