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Posts tagged animals

June 5, 2014

 

A computer-generated representation of an individual's DNA

How Closely Related Are We?

We humans tend to focus on the differences between us, even in spite of abundant similarities.

March 24, 2014

 

Black and white photo of a ventriloquist's dummy talking to a Chimpanzee

Are Chimps Self-Aware?

The jury is still out on whether or not chimps are self-aware. Actually, the same goes for young children.

March 14, 2014

 

A fly sits on the edge of something

What We Can Learn From A Fly’s Ears

Flies are small, but in some cases, their sense of hearing is absolutely amazing.

November 26, 2013

 

Swans floating on the water form share a heart-shaped embrace.

Animal Scandals

Lovebirds long thought to be monogamous are just better at sneaking around.

September 9, 2013

 

goldfish in a tank

Eating Offspring

How can parents eat their offspring?

July 5, 2013

 

Humpback Whale

The Evolution Of Diving In Mammals And Myoglobin

The protein myoglobin provides new clues to the evolution of diving in mammals.

June 11, 2013

 

Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

May 21, 2013

 

The box jelly has a distinctive four-sided structure

The Alien ‘Brain’ Of The Box Jelly

The box jelly has evolved a central nervous system unlike any other animal on Earth.

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?

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!

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