Biology (11th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-25918-813-8

Chapter 48 - The Respiratory System - Review Questions - Synthesize: 1

Answer

Fish gills have great efficiency, especially due to the use of countercurrent flow, while amphibians, with positive pressure breathing, are much less efficient. Mammals have lots of lung surface area, but tidal breathing is an inefficiency. Birds have unidirectional flow as well as lots of surface area, making their lungs very efficient.

Work Step by Step

This question basically asks you to review and summarize, by comparison, the working of four kinds of gas exchange featured prominently in this chapter.
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