The effect of body size on the cardiorespiratory system of wild African antelope

Adian Izwan

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

The heart is a critical organ in vertebrate animals, driving the circulatory system that delivers oxygen to cells. Animals should be designed economically, and having excess structure represents a waste of resources that should be selected against. The cost of supplying oxygen to the body should be proportional to the rate that oxygen is consumed. Despite its importance, heart-work (the overall cost of the circulation) has rarely been measured. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the relative cost of the circulation in animals of varying body mass, by measuring heart-work in several different species of wild African antelope.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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