Do animals breathe harder at higher elevations like humans do?



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    Mammals that have not developed adaptations to high elevations will breathe harder in order to get sufficient oxygen to tissues.  Mammals that live in high elevations, over time, develop the ability to “extract” more oxygen from thin air.  The full process of this is relatively complicated.  In short, hemoglobin is a pigment that has the ability to bind to oxygen, and is found in vertebrates red blood cells.  Hemoglobin, found in vertebrates that live in low oxygen environments, bind more efficiently with oxygen molecules, thus supplying tissues with sufficient oxygen in low oxygen environments.


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