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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.

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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.