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Does the fat layer under the skinkeep an animal warm?



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Some animals, yes. Polar bears and most bears use this layer for insulation. Humans do not for the most part due to their blood vessel functions at the surface of the skin. The layer is too thin for any real insulating purposes anyway.

Steve Sample



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