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Light pollution alters bat behaviour

Light pollution alters bat behaviour | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
Light pollution is having an impact on the regeneration of tropical rainforests because it disrupts the behaviour of seed dispersing bats, a study suggests.
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Going batty in preparation for next week's seminar by Dr Tatjana Hubel (RVC).

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Satellites track turtle 'lost years'

Satellites track turtle 'lost years' | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
Scientists using satellite tracking finally have some data on where very young loggerhead turtles go once they leave Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Technology (and a little bit of help from a manicurist) helping to answer questions it wasn't possible to before.

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Do olfactory stimuli provide positional information for home-oriented avian navigation?

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Read both sides of the argument.............

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The incredible human hand and foot

The incredible human hand and foot | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
Both the human hand and foot represent a triumph of complex engineering.
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watch Dissected on BBC iplayer (and BBC4 next Tues for the foot)- great programme bringing anatomy to the screen.

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Individual and sex-specific differences in intrinsic growth rate covary with consistent individual differences in behaviour - Biro - Journal of Animal Ecology - Wiley Online Library

Individual and sex-specific differences in intrinsic growth rate covary with consistent individual differences in behaviour - Biro - Journal of Animal Ecology - Wiley Online Library | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
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Showing a link between boldness ('personality') and resource acquisition, resulting in differences in physical form.

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Personality, Foraging and Fitness Consequences in a Long Lived Seabird

Personality, Foraging and Fitness Consequences in a Long Lived Seabird | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Guest Blog - Top ten tips for getting a job in conservation by Nick Askew | Mark Avery

Guest Blog - Top ten tips for getting a job in conservation by Nick Askew | Mark Avery | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
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Nice article with some great links to Conservation job websites.

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Neanderthals gave us disease genes

Neanderthals gave us disease genes | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
Gene types that influence disease in people today were picked up through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a major study in Nature journal suggests.
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Not long ago studies were suggesting there was no evidence we bred with Neanderthals, then there was potential for some rare events, now we're sharing genes! The ever changing face of human evolution.

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These 30 Animal Hybrids Will Blow Your Mind. Except #6... I Just Want To Hug That Thing.

These 30 Animal Hybrids Will Blow Your Mind. Except #6... I Just Want To Hug That Thing. | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
Why must I be teased with their existence?
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Just a bit of fun............which is your favourite?

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Olfactory navigation: failure to attempt replication of critical experiments keeps controversy alive. Reply to Wallraff

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Ant Brood Function as Life Preservers during Floods

Ant Brood Function as Life Preservers during Floods | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Rafting behaviour in ants during floods (appropriate for the times!)- but nice look at whether caste influences individual position in the raft.
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Termites inspire robot builders

Termites inspire robot builders | Living in Groups: Animal Behaviour and beyond | Scoop.it
US scientists develop small robots that behave much like termites, able to build large structures even though each individual acts on its own and can follow only simple rules.
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Collective animal behaviour inspiring development of technology: all you need are simple rules and some great little robots!

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Exploring breed differences in dogs (Canis familiaris): does exaggeration or inhibition of predatory response predict performance on human-guided tasks?

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Current Biology - An Inherited Magnetic Map Guides Ocean Navigation in Juvenile Pacific Salmon

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For something a little different to birds.....................navigation in fish

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Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.
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Great for BIO397 students- think about whether cooperative behaviours e.g. hunting or coordination between birds in a flock really need complex rules.

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Structural balance in the social networks of a wild mammal

•We tested the theory of structural balance (i.e. ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’) in rock hyrax social networks.
•We found that in accordance with structural balance, hyraxes tend to form balanced triads.
•Hyraxes changed their social configurations over time, moving into more balanced triads.
•New individuals in the population introduced social instability.
•Triad sex ratio affected the triad type it changed to.

 

Structural balance in the social networks of a wild mammal
Amiyaal Ilany, Adi Barocas, Lee Koren, Michael Kam, Eli Geffen

Animal Behaviour
Volume 85, Issue 6, June 2013, Pages 1397–1405

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.03.032


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