Wow. Dr. Ross Pipe has released a free PDF of his book, Animal Earth.
"Animal Earth is an impartial celebration and exploration of animal diversity, drawing on the latest research into how the animal lineages are related, how they live and their origins. It’s 320 pages long and is illustrated throughout with 540 spectacular colour photos, SEMs and illustrations"
Rolling #ant : fighting is not always the best way to survive. Sometimes the best way is to escape. #biology #animalbehaviour #predation
Adaptive function of #narwhal tusk: hyperallometric scaling suggests that tusk length is an exaggerated trait under sexual selection. #science #biology #evolution #mammal #allometry #animalbehaviour #weapon
📄 Graham et al. (2020) The longer the better: evidence that narwhal tusks are sexually selected. Biology Letters 16:20190950 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0950
Interesting side effect of #gender determination by sex #chromosome. Because their sex chromosomes differ, male humans (XY) or female bids (ZW) may be more exposed to recessive deleterious #mutation, as suggested by a broad meta-analysis. #science #biology #survival
📄 Xirocostas et al. (2020) The sex with the reduced sex chromosome dies earlier: a comparison across the tree of life. Biology Letters 16:20190867 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0867
An interesting write-up by the research on this discovery: a mouth brooding deep sea fish.
The plural of #anecdote is not data : my comment about the PNAS paper reporting tool use in #Puffin that have been observed using stick for preening. #biology #animalbehaviour #bird #tooluse #tool #parsimony
📄 Dechaume-Moncharmont F-X (2020) PCI Ecology:100042 http://dx.doi.org/10.24072/pci.ecology.100042
scientists put 3D glasses on cuttlefish to test how they perceive depth: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/why-scientists-put-3-d-glasses-cuttlefish/604555/
one of many cool research projects presented at the recent SICB (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, formerly American Society of Zoologists) conference 🐘
Is the #evolution of #emotion #semantics driven by neurobiological or cultural constraints? An analysis based on the comparison of 2474 languages reveals that emotion words vary in meaning across languages, but some general trends are conserved between geographically distant cultures. #science #language #culture
📄 Jackson et al. (2019) Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Science 366:1517–1522 http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaw8160
"Here's what happens when you report plagiarism to a journal editor [for an Elsevier journal]"
Property transfers in chain in hermit #crab: real estate crisis, resource #monopolization, #inequality, #wealth distribution and #gini coefficient. #biology #animalbehaviour #economy #shell
📄 Chase (2020) Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 538:122962 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2019.122962
Azteca #ant colonies move the same way leopards' spots form https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191211145634.htm
Professor of behavioural ecology
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