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Name: Donald P.
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Age: 50s
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Date: 2/23/2003


Question:
In preparation for hibernation, bears develop a >voracious appetite and eat high-fat foods such as the skin of salmon. What is the word that describes the state that they are in with this appetite? Super-something? Hyper-fasia-something? Do humans develop similar traits in wintertime?


Replies:
I personally have never heard of any special term. We naturalists just say they eat more. Since humans apparently have no history of hibernation in our evolution, we would not have that motivation. I have no expertise to comment on other aspects of human appetite.

J. Elliott


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