A long time ago, some races and monsters had the Infravision trait, which allowed them to see in the dark the heat traces of living creatures.
This had very interesting aspects. The drow's sign language\$^1\$ used the heat traces left in the air by the hands to convey messages. In order to become totally invisible in the darkness, one had to magically hide their body heat (see the attack to House DeVir in the novel Homeland).
Nowadays, since the 3rd edition has been published, the Infravision has been changed into the more manageable Darkvision, that allows to see in shades of gray instead of seeing the heat traces when in darkness.
Is there any in-world explanation in the novels, manuals, adventures or in other official sources about how this change occurred in the Forgotten Realms?
\$^1\$ It has been adapted to the 3rd edition Darkvision trait, as explained in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, see here.