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Diving Seals and Meditating Yogis: Strategic Metabolic Retreats

Robert Elsner


The comparative physiology of seemingly disparate organisms often serves as a surprising pathway to biological enlightenment. This book sheds new light on the remarkable physiology of diving seals through comparison with members of our own species on quests toward enlightenment: meditating yogis. As the text reveals, survival in extreme conditions such as those faced by seals is often not about running for cover or coming up for air, but rather about working within the confines of an environment and suppressing normal bodily function. Animals in this withdrawn state display reduced resting met ... More

Keywords: biological enlightenment, seals, survival, bodily function, metabolism, hibernating animals, infants, near-drowning victims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226246710
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226247045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Elsner, author