Many male animals have multiple displays and behaviors to attract females; and often the larger or greater the better. Understanding what has driven the evolution of these traits is an important evolutionary question.
I have a very 2014 question for you: How would you respond if you found out that a man living down the street regularly has sexual intercourse with a horse? Would you be morally disgusted? Consider him and his behavior an abomination?...Show More Summary
YouTube Link I love animals, but elephants are some of my favorites. They are soulful, smart and sweet to their species and others. This video provides facts about the intelligence of elephants and lists some common behaviors in the context of their brain capacity and function. Show More Summary
Any hunter knows that as bucks behave differently as deer season drags on. Many inquisitive sportsmen will ask how large a buck's home range is, how far the animal will travel, whether older bucks are smarter than younger bucks, and whether that 10-poi...
Modeling used to forecast fluctuations in the stock market has been discovered to predict aspects of animal behavior. The movement of zebrafish when mapped is very similar to the stochastic jump process, a mathematical model used by financial engineers. Show More Summary
In an unexpected mashup of financial and mechanical engineering, researchers have discovered that the same modeling used to forecast fluctuations in the stock market can be used to predict aspects of animal behavior. Their work proposes an unprecedented model for in silico--or computer-based--simulations of animal behavior. Show More Summary
People find the smell of blood unpleasant, but for predatory animals it means food. When behavioral researchers wanted to find out which substances of blood trigger behavioral reactions, they got some unexpected results.
Disney's bleeding-edge rendering software Hyperion enabled Big Hero 6 animators to simulate the behavior of light in a fraction of the time. The November 7 arrival of Disney's Big Hero 6 is as much a supercomputing triumph as it is an animated feast. Show More Summary
(Phys.org) —Tricking someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds. From cuckoo birds that trick other bird species into raising their young, to cunning salespeople who pretend to sell you a product that will improve your life, deviant behavior takes many forms. Show More Summary
In the past we’ve reported on some very disturbing behavior when it comes to consumers, stuffed animals, and Walmart (remember the humping incident?). The weirdness continued early this morning at a California store when a teen allegedly started a fire with the toys. CBS Los Angeles reports that a 13-year-old was arrested after allegedly starting an arson fire … [More]
New research indicates that scent associated with polar bear paws conveys information that may affect the animals' social and reproductive behavior. This chemical form of communication was likely shaped by the environmental constraints...Show More Summary
Observing animals in the wild while not disturbing them is a classic challenge for behavioral ecologists. But as a new study shows, the use of remotely operated robots to observe penguins and seals in their natural habitats can result in significantly lower and shorter stress responses. Read more...
Scientists who study wild animals want to get as close as possible to their subjects without stressing them out or disrupting their natural behaviors. One possible solution: remote-controlled rovers. The post Dressing Up a Rover as a Baby Penguin—For Science! appeared first on WIRED.
A new book called "No Walks? No Worries!" is a wonderful guide for dogs on restricted exercise. Written by Sian Ryan, who has a degree in clinical animal behavior, and Helen Zulch, a veterinarian, this book will be useful to the countless people who, from time to time, have to enrich their dog's life when she or he isn't allowed to frolic or take much exercise. read more
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New University of Tennessee,...Show More Summary
Two pieces of unusual footage have recently been captured, revealing unknown and unusual behaviors in humpback whales, and the independent incidents have given scientists a new window into one of the world’s largest animals. Earlier this year, a group of divers from Mexico captured rare video of a humpback whale sleeping. Show More Summary
Social Network Analysis Shows Direct Evidence for Social Transmission of Tool Use in Wild Chimpanzees Authors:Hobalter et alAbstract:Social network analysis methods have made it possible to test whether novel behaviors in animals spread through individual or social learning. Show More Summary
If you’re subscribed to any animal-related news outlets, you may have heard that one of the most influential members of the animal behavior community passed away unexpectedly this week. Dr. Sophia Yin was incredibly helpful and influential to me as a first time dog owner, to other private pet owners all over the world, and on a much larger scale... Read More
Many animals work together to improve each other’s lives, like the oxpecker birds who ride on rhinos and other large mammals in Sub-Saharan Africa, keeping their ride tick free and staying safely out of harms way at the same time. These...Show More Summary