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Hair is a biopolymer mostly made from keratin, which grows from the skin. Hair is exclusively found in mammals.

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How do cats shed their fur?

Dogs shed their fur twice a year, so I assume this is the same with cats. What is the mechanism whereby the change in temperature (assuming this is what causes the shedding) leads to the falling off ...
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Why can white hairs get dark again?

I have learned (probably in high school?) that hairs turning white is caused by the part of the folicle which produces the pigment dying and being replaced by an air bubble. This sounds very ...
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Significance of having goosebumps?

What help does goosebumps do to us? I don't think it helps us noticeably when we are scared or shivering.
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Are there free electrons in muscles, hair, or skin?

Electric shock occurs upon contact of a (human) body part with any source of electricity that causes a sufficient current through the skin, muscles, or hair. In metals many electrons are said to be ...
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Why would the Camargue horses have a white coat while the foal have a dark coat?

The current issue of the magazine Lonely Planet India(Oct 2013) presents a photo of Camargue Horses which are white coated and mentions that they are born with dark hair. A search shows that the foal ...
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What hair color will result in someone inheriting both blond and ginger genes?

Both the genes for blond hair and ginger hair are recessive, so they need both parents to give the same gene for it to take affect. What happens when a person has 1 copy of a recessive gene and ...
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Approximately how thick is a single strand of cat (domestic housecat) hair?

I did a little research to lead me to finding the general range of width for human hair, which is anywhere from around 30µm to 180µm... approximately. I'm trying to compare this to the width of cat ...
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How does hair grow and is it similar to how grass grows?

If I recall correctly, nails (finger nails or toe nails) grow by adding matter at its base. So for instance, if you would draw a dot at the very bottom of your nail, it would end at the top in a ...
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Iron deficiency anemia symptoms explanation

In my classes and on the internet, brittle nails and dry hair (or hair loss) are described as symptoms of iron deficiency anemia, but none explains the cause of such symptoms. Does anyone have any ...
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Chiral (a)symmetry of curly hair (and fur)

Some people have curly hair, as well as fur of some animals can be curly. However, shapes which are curly are not mirror symmetric, much alike screws or chiral molecules. The question is whether ...
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What could cause hairs to gray at the tips but not the roots?

I have noticed that some of my sporadic gray hairs are gray at the tip side but oddly, not near the roots. Some are even only gray in the middle. I find all of this very counter intuitive, and I ...
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What causes random long white body hairs?

I'm sure many of you have experienced this - you scratch your back or brush your hand over your arm and find a ridiculously long thin white hair, sometimes as long as 3 or 4 inches. I know a few ...
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Why can hair grow without limit while eyebrow cannot?

I cut my eyebrow and it grows until reach a certain length. Hair can grow without limit. Why can hair grow without limit while eyebrow cannot?
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Did human hairs actually evolve from scales?

What is the evolution of hairs? Did they evolve from scales?