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J Therm Biol. 2001 Apr;26(2):117-120.

Heat loss in Dumbo: a theoretical approach.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 524 Burrill Hall, 406 S. Goodwin Avenue, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA


A flat plate model was used to calculate heat loss from the pinnae of the animated elephant Dumbo. In conditions of high wind velocity and large gradients, Dumbo could potentially dissipate more heat than he produces. This suggests that he may need the large ears to help lose the excess heat produced while flying.

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