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What is the actual process and reflexes that cause the goose bumps? Why is it an evolutionary advantage to have goose bumps in the first place?

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  • $\begingroup$ Even wikipedia has all details you required for mechanism. $\endgroup$ – Dexter Oct 5 '15 at 6:36
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We get goose bumps because of the flight or fight response or because of cool temperature. The process is that whenever our body experiences such stimuli, the arrector muscles contract and thus the hair follicles straight out. As per the evolutionary point of view, mammals possessed this feature to portray the enemy our response ( in fight). Given photo will tell you the arrector muscle's position so that u can understand how the follicles straight up. enter image description here And the thing about cool temperature, the goose bumps appear so that they can form an insulation sort of thing to prevent us from losing our body heat to the surroundings.

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    $\begingroup$ Where is this pic from? $\endgroup$ – TanMath Oct 6 '15 at 1:19
  • $\begingroup$ Working kindersley publication- ultimate visual dictionary $\endgroup$ – Kritika Waghmare Oct 6 '15 at 6:15
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Goose bumps are the hair follicles raising up to increase the surfaces area of your skin. This is flight or fight response as it increases ability of the skin to transfer body heat.

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