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Posts tagged animal behavior

June 27, 2012

 

chicks

Duck Panic

Do animals come into the world tabula rasa and only learn things from experience? Or do we emerge with some knowledge already hardwired?

May 10, 2012

 

a chimp sits with his arm outstretched as if reciting Hamlet

Chattering Chimps

We talk to our house pets all the time, but wouldn't it be great if your cat could answer you in English?

February 15, 2012

 

a rabbit sits still, hiding from a predator

Freeze!

Ever been so scared that you can't move? Well freezing is actually an effective defense mechanism!

January 23, 2012

 

a cat bats its paw at a toy frog

A Cat “Flips Out”

Do cats' movements when they play with toys reflect how they would hunt in the wild?

July 12, 2011

 

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Macaque Monkeys: “Clean Food Tastes Better!”

Have you heard the story about how one monkey on an island figured out how to wash his food, and then other monkeys starting doing it too?

July 11, 2011

 

octopus on the ocean floor

Octopus Games And Sophisticated Intelligence

Did you know that octopuses have even been seen engaging in play behavior?

August 11, 2010

 

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Birth Control Changes How Lemurs Choose Their Sweethearts

Female lemurs on contraceptives smell different to potential mates than ones that are not.

July 12, 2010

 

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Squirrel Tricks Stun Scientists

The common gray squirrel - with its exceptional mental and physical agility - is making biologists look twice.

July 9, 2010

 

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Frisky Fireflies Have Got To Be Flashy

Fireflies can put on quite a dazzling display. However, it is not us that they are trying to impress.

January 18, 2010

 

A herd of Sheep.

Sheep With Personality

So how do scientists measure the success of an animal's success? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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