Talk about environmental awareness — these animals don't just know their surroundings, they are their surroundings. Or at least that's what their enemies think.
Camouflage is an ancient art, likely not much younger than vision itself, and species around the planet depend on it daily for survival. Whether it's a gecko blending into bark, a jaguar fading into foliage or a Peringuey's viper sliding through sand (pictured), good camo can mean the difference between eating and being eaten. Humans have learned many lessons from Mother Nature's masquerades over the years, but as the following 14 photos suggest, there's also plenty we haven't seen. (Text: Russell McLendon)
They say love comes in all shapes and sizes, but it comes in all sorts of species too. This loving family has called one of the neighborhood Deer their own. Hoppy the Deer often comes to the house and visits, and has become best friends with TipTree the cat! What a riot! I never thought [...]
Finally, scientists have dared to venture where no thinker has dared venture, boldly asking one of the most daunting and mysterious questions about what separates man from beast. Namely: what if bird and monkeys and shit could dance too?
In celebration of his 5th birthday, Beco the elephant showed off his impressive water polo skills at the Columbus Zoo on March 26. The adorable Asian elephant tirelessly stomps through a miniature watering hole and pursues a shiny red ball to no avai...
In this paper, new techniques that allow conditional entropy to estimate the combinatorics of symbols are applied to animal communication studies to estimate the communication’s repertoire size. By using the conditional entropy estimates at multiple orders, the paper estimates the total repertoire sizes for animal communication across bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and several species of birds for an N-gram length of one to three. In addition to discussing the impact of this method on studies of animal communication complexity, the reliability of these estimates is compared to other methods through simulation. While entropy does undercount the total repertoire size due to rare N-grams, it gives a more accurate picture of the most frequently used repertoire than just repertoire size alone.
Complexity in Animal Communication: Estimating the Size of N-Gram Structures Reginald Smith
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