Is fur a poor conductor of heat?

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December 17, 2009 8:01PM

No, it is not a poor conductor of heat, because if you think about it, the people over at Alaska use fur to generate heat for themselves.


That is incorrect. Fur doesn't "generate" heat. It is merely an insulator, with an insulator being the opposite of a conductor, and a good insulator being equivalent to a poor conductor.

In general fur is a good insulator due to the ability to trap air, and thus is a poor conductor of heat.

When wet (sweaty, etc), it would conduct heat reasonably well.

Most animals in places that experience harsh winters will grow a "winter coat" for additional insulation which they will shed in the spring.
It traps the air inside it, for evolutionary purposes.