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Primate Fever and Evolution

Xuhua Xia xuhua at unix1.sncc.lsu.edu
Tue Mar 14 12:27:23 EST 1995

RAMTIN THOMAS RAMSEY (057ram at chiron.wits.ac.za) wrote:
: Non-human Primates have been shown to lack a fever response, but possess an 
: acute phase response (i.e. immunological response) to Gram-negative 
: infections.  However, as humans and vertebrates down the evolutionary scale 
: present themselves with fever during endotoxaemia, and since fever is 
: considered a beneficial host response to infection, 

: 	Question:  Why then is there a break in the evolution of fever in 
: 			vertebrates, with fever reappearing in humans.

Could you substantiate that human fever and primate fever are the
same thing? Otherwise the fever is not "reappearing".

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