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Articles on Ethology -- the study of animal behavior

Ethology Articles

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

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: not rated

Eavesdropping Occurs Among Animals, Finds Evolutionary Biologist
Eavesdropping among animals influences their behavior

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: not rated

Evolution Of Animal Personalities
Animals differ strikingly in character and temperament.

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 5.00

Male Elephants Woo Females With Precise Chemistry
The 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

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: not rated

Pigs use brain not brawn in anger management
Pigs can use their brainpower to avoid the fighting that usually occurs when they are mixed together on farms

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: not rated

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

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 1.00

Constant Din Of Barking Causes Stress, Behavior Changes In Dogs In Shelters
If 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.

Date: 16 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Dogs On The Scent Of Better Behaviour
Dogs 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.

Date: 16 Oct 2007, Rating: 3.67

Rats May Be Pessimistic Too
Rats housed in unpredictable conditions appear to have a more negative outlook than those housed in stable, settled conditions

Date: 16 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

Baboons seek “comfort” after deaths in the family
When 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.

Date: 16 Oct 2007, Rating: not rated

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.

Date: 14 Sep 2007, Rating: 3.08

When In Danger Humans Are Similar To A Deer In The Headlights
Standing still when a threat is detected is a defensive, protective reaction.

Date: 6 Feb 2007, Rating: 6.87

The lunar cycle: effects on human and animal behavior and physiology
A review of available data regarding effects of the lunar cycle on human and animal physiology, with particular attention paid to alterations
in the immune response of experimental animals.

Date: 14 Dec 2006, Rating: 4.70, 6 pages

Gendered Division Of Labor Gave Modern Humans Advantage Over Neanderthals
Diversified social roles for men, women, and children may have given Homo sapiens an advantage over Neanderthals...

Date: 13 Dec 2006, Rating: 5.50

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.

Date: 9 Oct 2006, Rating: 7.00

Social Imitation In Neonatal Monkeys
Mimicry exists in humans and in apes. Recently they found that rhesus monkeys are also capable of mimicry...

Date: 6 Sep 2006, Rating: 5.00

Pinna Movements of the Cat during Sound Localization
A study on the pinna movements in cats while performing various sound localization tasks...

Date: 27 Jul 2006, Rating: 10.00, 8 pages

The Initiation and Control of Rapid Flight Maneuvers in Fruit Flies
This 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.

Date: 27 Jul 2006, Rating: 5.91, 10 pages

Magnetic Orientation and Navigation in Marine Turtles, Lobsters, and Molluscs: Concepts and Conundrums
Behavioral experiments with sea turtles, spiny lobsters, and sea slugs have revealed that all have a magnetic compass sense...

Date: 27 Jul 2006, Rating: 2.50, 8 pages

Mechanisms of Magnetic Orientation in Birds
The article discussed avian navigation using geomagnetic field for direction finding (compass) and position finding (map).

Date: 27 Jul 2006, Rating: 7.25, 10 pages