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I have spent much less time within the arid region within the previous few years than I did in the course of the 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's. This effects from a development via age and a occupation constitution which steadily shifted the emphasis of my paintings from being basically field-oriented to actually office-hound. while, as a result, i used to be requested by means of John Cloudsley-Thompson to adopt the writing of this hook I hesitated for 2 purposes. One cause used to be that, even supposing I now had entry to reliable library amenities and saved up with the literature at the arid zones and their fauna, i used to be uncertain sedentary and delightful lifestyles in a temperate highland island in tropieal Africa would offer a psychological angle appropriate to writing a hook which concerning parts the place lifestyles is mostly nomadie and sometimes tremendous unpleasant. the opposite cause was once that i used to be doubtful no matter if i'll dedicate the time essential to researehing and writing the hook on most sensible of my specialist (which now specifical­ ly excluded examine within the arid zones and on camels) and social (new-found and time-consuming) commitments. within the occasion I authorised and the fates have been style to me. through a few bizarre mixture of situations i used to be given the chance to spend a substantial a part of the 1st half 1988 in many of the driest parts of the globe. I had already visited all the destinations used for the development of Fig. 2.

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By Richard T. Wilson

I have spent much less time within the arid region within the previous few years than I did in the course of the 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's. This effects from a development via age and a occupation constitution which steadily shifted the emphasis of my paintings from being basically field-oriented to actually office-hound. while, as a result, i used to be requested by means of John Cloudsley-Thompson to adopt the writing of this hook I hesitated for 2 purposes. One cause used to be that, even supposing I now had entry to reliable library amenities and saved up with the literature at the arid zones and their fauna, i used to be uncertain sedentary and delightful lifestyles in a temperate highland island in tropieal Africa would offer a psychological angle appropriate to writing a hook which concerning parts the place lifestyles is mostly nomadie and sometimes tremendous unpleasant. the opposite cause was once that i used to be doubtful no matter if i'll dedicate the time essential to researehing and writing the hook on most sensible of my specialist (which now specifical­ ly excluded examine within the arid zones and on camels) and social (new-found and time-consuming) commitments. within the occasion I authorised and the fates have been style to me. through a few bizarre mixture of situations i used to be given the chance to spend a substantial a part of the 1st half 1988 in many of the driest parts of the globe. I had already visited all the destinations used for the development of Fig. 2.

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It might be expected that, in animaIs with this faculty, anatomieal and morphological modifications to increase the surface area available for cooling will also have taken place. Anatomieal modifications do indeed appear to have occurred in some species. Long snouts, convex profiles and other facial changes result from these adaptive modifieations. A comparison of the wildebeest and zebu cattle (Taylor, Robertshawand Hofmann 1969) showed that the ratio of the splanchocranial length to neurocranial length was 5:2 in the wildebeest compared to 5:3 in the zebu, this difference accounting for the characteristic long-nosed, rather morose, appearance of the wildebeest.

5 Dik-dik Two species of dik-dik are found in the semi-arid to arid areas (Kirk's dikdik, Madoqua kirki) and in the arid to extremely arid areas (Guenther's dikdik, M. guentheri) ofAfrica. Dik-dik have a disjunct distribution from southern Africa through central Tanzania to Ethiopia and Somalia. There is one report of dik-dik presence in Jebel Marra in Darfur Provinee of Sudan (CloudsleyThompson 1965) but earlier (Thomas and Hinton 1923) and later (Wilson 1979) comprehensive surveys did not find it there.

The springbok does not appear to be a bradymetabolie animaI. 6° e to 40S C. In this restrained animaI, behavioural regulation was not possible and temperatures at the fur surfaee were as high as 54° e at an ambient temperature of 28° e and 60° e at an ambient temperature of 34° e when windspeeds were le ss than 2m/s. Windspeeds greater than 2m/s led to a large drop of 15° e to 25° e in eoat surfaee temperature. Respiratory eooling appears to be the main path of heat dissipation in the springbok.

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