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1. Characterised by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. A predatory war.

2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. Exercise . . . Maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. (bacon)

3. (Science: zoology) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.

Origin: L. Praedatorius, fr. Praedari to plunder, fr. Praeda prey. See Prey.

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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... for example, animals can identify predators as a threat even if they have never encountered them before , or learned only after exposure to a predatory threat which they did not provide any examples or detail explanation

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by Gannet
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Evolution of fireflies

... brightest lights attracted the most females. And, with any successful trait, there may be others that take advantage of them. There are actually predatory fireflies that imitate the flash pattern of other fireflies - attracting them to their death. Evolution is fascinating!

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by thoffnagle
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of fireflies
Replies: 4
Views: 3388

Re: Green mammals

... of mammalian skin and body hair than anything else, which apparently doesn't lend itself to the same sort of optical effects. The fact that most predatory mammals don't see colors, and wouldn't see the green of a green deer anyway (or the greens of the surrounding environment) probably is a factor ...

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by biotag
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Green mammals
Replies: 11
Views: 18467

Connection between opioid receptors and fatty acid receptors

... seemed enough to start this feeling and it lasted strongly for about 5 minutes. Possible that naturally oily skin in animals is enough to start predatory eating frenzy by giving very pleasant mood. Dairy products are also very fatty and they feel good even if people know this lactose could give ...

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by mhein
Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Connection between opioid receptors and fatty acid receptors
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Views: 11281

Evolving non "life-or-death" but useful characteristics

... humans are social animals, and eyes are (or were) very important in communication, being able to see which way a person's eyes were directed. Predatory animals, like cats and dogs especially, don't show the whites of their eyes, their eyes are part of their camouflage. Maybe eyebrows also ...

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by Rap
Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:13 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolving non "life-or-death" but useful characteristics
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Views: 6270
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