Crucian Carp & Reptile

This podcast looks at animal adaptations to a low-oxygen state.

This podcast looks at animal adaptations to a low-oxygen state. First discussed are reptiles, the ancestors of birds and mammals, and how they’ve helped us to understand the evolution of cardio-respiratory functions. Next is the Crucian Carp, a fish that is able to survive the winter at the bottom of frozen ponds without any oxygen. It copes with its extreme environment with physiological adaptations including producing alcohol instead of lactate and turning off all its senses.

  • Göran Nilsson, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Nini Skovgaard, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Tobias Wang, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Cardiac & Respiratory Physiology Themed Meeting - Coping with hypoxaemia: strategies and solutions

All these podcasts were recorded on Thursday 2 September 2010 in Birmingham.

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