Mammals

Category archives for Mammals

Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

Another bear maneno in Yellowstone

Park mangers say they euthanized “an aggressive, habituated, and human-food-conditioned black bear” Tuesday out of “concern for visitor safety.” But it was also a result of stupid people making unnatural food available to the bear. The adult female bear had been seen frequenting the Slough Creek area in the park’s north central area. The bear…

As you know, I have a long standing interest in dogs and bears and in the topic of animals eating people. (SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST)

Remember Evolutionary Psychology? The theory? It’s over.

Does your back yard slope up, away from your house, or does it slope down? The likelihood that your yard slopes one way or the other … statistically … depends in large part on what region you live in. (Here I’ll be speaking mainly of the US, but the principle applies broadly.) If you live…

LOL Cats never before seen

Falsehood: Humans evolved from apes

Is it a Falsehood that Humans Evolve from Apes? How about this one: Is it a Falsehood that Humans did NOT evolve from Apes???? Yes and no. Humans descend from a population of primates from which other apes also descended (minimally the two species of living chimps) and which was part of the panoply of…

Ode to Rocky

A nostalgic post, reposted. Nostalgically.

A question about your squirrels

My friend Asha just gave a copy of Squirrel Wars: Backyard Wildlife Battles & How to Win Them to her mom for Father’s day. Which reminds me of this method of controlling squirrels in your back yard. Which, in turn, reminds me that I’ve been meaning to ask around about color morphs. Where I grew…

I have about ten favorite species of tree, and one of them is the corotĂș. Why? Because of one of the most interesting plant-animal interaction stories of recent times. The story, complete with extinct elephant-like creatures and a real Sherlock Holmes science theme can be read, along with some great images, at A Neotropical Savanna:…