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by piscilactovegetarian
Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 36177

J. Bean, how many people know that now there are five kingdoms and no longer just two? The lists of zoological exceptions are an amateur's project for the billions, not for the tiny professional minority, so simplifying the classification of life forms was far more adequate. Even so, 1) I doubt that...
by piscilactovegetarian
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
Replies: 15
Views: 38667

Gannet, your concept doesn't agree with the facts. One can frighten the young of certain bird species by moving above them along a straight line an object shaped like a bird with outstretched wings. Other shapes won't elicit that reaction. You're almost like Aristotle rejecting Plato's notion of the...
by piscilactovegetarian
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 36177

Chapter XLZVIII The "primitive boundary" is simply the limit beteween the tiny droplet, globule, globulet, sphere or quasisphere and its surroundings. Those globules are colloidal, meaning that they're the kind of mixture called a "colloid", which is halfway between a homogeneous...
by piscilactovegetarian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
Replies: 15
Views: 38667

Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

(...) My only issue with this article is the statement "animals can identify predators as a threat even if they have never encountered them before (...)". I know of two cases of instinctive (= not learned) reactions to predators: 1) apes go into a panic whenever they see a snake, and 2) c...
by piscilactovegetarian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 36177

Before the first cell there must've been a far simpler structure isolated from its environment by a primitive boundary, but what led to this was not any entirely chemical process but "physical chemistry", a rearrangement of elements involving both chemical and merely physical interactions,...
by piscilactovegetarian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
Replies: 15
Views: 38667

Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

Gannet wrote:Also, usually when the predator hunts it seeks out the weakest or slowest: young, old, sick .


True, as I found out years ago. This is exactly the same matter relating to case # 4 on the said first list: "Predators that do not choose as victims (= prey) the weakest individuals".
by piscilactovegetarian
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 36177

I come back here six days later and now I no longer understand my own first sentence. It's like a tongue twister. At least I can console myself by seeing how your own second question sent on Feb. 5 is just as incomprehensible. It seems to be the first question all over again followed by another one....
by piscilactovegetarian
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 36177

The second question seems to be the same as the first one expressed differently, and if so then there's a last question that would be a second one and not a third one. Supposing it's only two questions, the answer to the first one would have to be "yes", and if I understand the other one t...
by piscilactovegetarian
Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
Replies: 15
Views: 38667

Maybe predators are not necessarily cleverer than their prey, but in most cases they're larger. Larger size in the prey happens to be case # 6 on the first list ("Ethology") of my bilingual lists of zoological exceptions at excepciones-zoologicas.blogspot.com, where so far only the forewor...
by piscilactovegetarian
Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: 7 deadly sins in nature
Replies: 6
Views: 16810

There are two kinds of sins in Nature --individual and collective sins-- and here only the former have been mentioned. Overpopulation is of the latter kind and literally the mortal sin, whatever the species, because the wages of sin is death. Overpop leads to brutal solutions involving intraspecific...