Sweating aids thermoregulation: mammals
The sweat glands of many mammals aid thermoregulation through evaporative cooling.
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"From the evidence of comparative mammalian physiology, we suggest that the very common apocrine sweat gland is not primitive but is both specialized and efficient as a cooling organ in an animal with a heavy fur coat and relatively slow movement. The remarkable thermal eccrine sweating system of humans probably evolved in concert with bipedalism, a smooth hairless skin, and adaptation to open country by the ancestors of H. sapiens." (Folk and Semken 1991:185)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Evaporative membranes to dehumidify buildings, membranes that avoid clogging, clothing that allows for heat dissipation while exercising in cold weather.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Building, water