By Marshall D. McCue (auth.), Marshall D. McCue (eds.)
All animals face the potential for nutrients dilemma and eventually starvation-induced mortality. This ebook summarizes state-of-the-art of hunger biology from the ecological reasons of nutrients dilemma to the physiological and evolutionary effects of lengthy fasting. it's written for an viewers with an knowing of common ideas in animal body structure, but deals a degree of research and interpretation that would have interaction professional scientists. each one bankruptcy is written by means of energetic researchers within the box of comparative body structure and attracts at the basic literature of hunger either in nature and the laboratory. The chapters are prepared between large taxonomic different types, similar to protists, arthropods, fishes, reptiles, birds, and flying, aquatic, and terrestrial mammals together with people; rather well-studied animal types, e.g. endotherms are additional geared up through experimental techniques, equivalent to analyses of blood metabolites, reliable isotopes, thermobiology, and modeling of physique composition.