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Articles on Ethology -- the study of animal behavior
Are Animals As Irrational As Humans?Animals in the wild are constantly confronted with decisions where to nest, who to mate, where the best forage is
Eavesdropping Occurs Among Animals, Finds Evolutionary BiologistEavesdropping among animals influences their behavior
Evolution Of Animal PersonalitiesAnimals differ strikingly in character and temperament.
Male Elephants Woo Females With Precise ChemistryThe exact chemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephant's interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave
Pigs use brain not brawn in anger managementPigs can use their brainpower to avoid the fighting that usually occurs when they are mixed together on farms
Q. Why did the chicken cross the road? A. To take a lesson in diet and social behaviour.The ability of animals to teach by passing on information to others may be more widespread throughout the animal kingdom than previously thought
Constant Din Of Barking Causes Stress, Behavior Changes In Dogs In SheltersIf your neighbor's barking dog drives you crazy, pity the employees of the nation's animal shelters, where the noise produced by howling, barking and yapping dogs often exceeds that produced by a jackhammer.
Dogs On The Scent Of Better BehaviourDogs in animal shelters can be helped to behave better by wafting special scents throughout their kennels and corridors, animal behaviour experts from the University of Edinburgh have found.
Rats May Be Pessimistic TooRats housed in unpredictable conditions appear to have a more negative outlook than those housed in stable, settled conditions
Baboons seek “comfort” after deaths in the familyWhen a lion killed Sierra the baboon, her mother reacted in a way that one could call human-like: she looked to friends for support, say researchers who studied the animals.
Alloparenting-What Is It?An introduction to what alloparenting is. No examples, just explanation of benefits to alloparenting to all involved in the activity--parents, young, and alloparents.
When In Danger Humans Are Similar To A Deer In The HeadlightsStanding still when a threat is detected is a defensive, protective reaction.
The lunar cycle: effects on human and animal behavior and physiologyA review of available data regarding effects of the lunar cycle on human and animal physiology, with particular attention paid to alterationsin the immune response of experimental animals.
Gendered Division Of Labor Gave Modern Humans Advantage Over NeanderthalsDiversified social roles for men, women, and children may have given Homo sapiens an advantage over Neanderthals...
Home, Home On The Range: How Much Space Does An Animal Really Need?Instead of wandering around aimlessly, most animals tend to stay in a certain area --known as their home range.
Social Imitation In Neonatal MonkeysMimicry exists in humans and in apes. Recently they found that rhesus monkeys are also capable of mimicry...
Pinna Movements of the Cat during Sound LocalizationA study on the pinna movements in cats while performing various sound localization tasks...
The Initiation and Control of Rapid Flight Maneuvers in Fruit FliesThis review discussed single stereotyped flight maneuver of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, at several levels of analysis— from the sensory signals that trigger the behavior to the aerodynamic forces generated by the wings.
Magnetic Orientation and Navigation in Marine Turtles, Lobsters, and Molluscs: Concepts and ConundrumsBehavioral experiments with sea turtles, spiny lobsters, and sea slugs have revealed that all have a magnetic compass sense...
Mechanisms of Magnetic Orientation in BirdsThe article discussed avian navigation using geomagnetic field for direction finding (compass) and position finding (map).
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