Maximum Body Temperature of a Camel ?

A.H. Henry mbahh at
Wed Jun 9 12:26:51 EST 1993

Does anyone know how high a camel's body temperature can get
before the camel dies ?  If not, are there any references which
might help ?

There is a recent Nature paper which has identified antibodies
from camels (Camelus dromedarius) with no light chains.  Could
this increase their thermostability ?

The reference is "Hamers-Casterman et al., (3 June 1993) Nature, 363,
pp 446-448.  Naturally occurring antibodies devoid of light chains."

I have to say that I've got this bizarre image of someone trying to 
insert a thermometer into a camel with heat stroke  :)

                Andrew  Henry

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