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Posts tagged zoology

January 29, 2008

 

Meerkat Mob on the Move

Meerkat Mobbing

If you have ever witnessed a group of smaller animals ward off a larger prey animal, you've seen an interesting animal behavior called "mobbing."

January 2, 2008

 

Superb Fairy-Wren on a Tree Branch

Bird Nannies

You might hire a nanny to take care of your kids while your out, but did you know that some animals do too?

December 26, 2007

 

Female hyena with cub

Females Prefer More Exotic Males?

A study on spotted hyenas found that at least in some species, females really do prefer foreign males. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 12, 2007

 

Raven standing in street

Raven Youth Gangs

We're not talking about your teenagers, but rather the surprising behavior of juvenile ravens. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 12, 2007

 

Nest of baby star-nosed moles

Underwater Sniffs

Have you ever tried smelling underwater? Probably not the best idea, since as humans we would drown, but that's not the case for the star-nosed mole.

December 5, 2007

 

Fully Spread Peacock

Runaway Tail!

One common misconception people have regarding evolution is that the gradual changing of physical forms always benefits the species in question.

October 23, 2007

 

Blue Jay On A Branch

Bullies at the Bird Feeder

If you keep a winter bird feeder, you might have noticed that blue jays seem to dominate the scene and bullying other birds away. Where's this behavior from?

October 17, 2007

 

Nihon-Ama-Gaeru Japanese Tree Frog

How to Heave Your Guts

You've heard the expression "to heave your guts" used to refer to vomiting. In the case of frogs and toads, "heaving your guts" can have a literal connotation.

September 21, 2007

 

Cat rubbing head on chair

Ah, There’s the Rub

Anyone who owns a cat is familiar with the head-bumping way they greet you, but what does this behavior mean? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 17, 2007

 

Vampire bat with blood

Vampire Bat

Vampire bats, native to Central and South America, are one of the most well known examples of sharing and kindness in the animal kingdom.

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