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Obsession for .. Animals?

tags: Obsession for .. Animals?, perfume, Obsession for Men, Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, conservation biology, behavioral ecology, animals, mammals, big cats, weird, strange, wow, streaming video This fascinating video shows that Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men” is NOT just for men! This is a great example of how careful observation of captive animals’ behavior…

tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, molecular ecology, personality, novelty seeking, exploratory behavior, dopamine receptor, dopamine receptor D4 gene, DRD4 gene polymorphism, ornithology, birds, Great Tit, Parus major, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Bold or cautious? Individuals with a particular gene variant are very curious — but only in some populations. Image: Henk Dikkers. Research suggests that…

tags: evolution, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, animal behavior, molecular ecology, parental care, mating systems, monogamy, sexual selection, frogs, poison dart frogs, Dendrobatidae, Ranitomeya, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper, journal club Peruvian mimic poison frog, Ranitomeya imitator. Image: Jason Brown [larger view] To know the breeding system is to know the genetic architecture of a species. To…

tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, biochemistry, biophysics, magnetoreception, photoreceptor, cryptochromes, geomagnetic fields, butterflies, Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, birds, migration, signal transduction, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Every autumn, millions of monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, each weighing less than one gram (one US penny weighs 2.5 grams), migrate nearly 4000 kilometers (3000 miles) between their summer breeding…

tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, life history, migration, long-distance migration,birds,ornithology,researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper White-rumped sandpiper, Calidris fuscicollis, chicks on Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada. Image: Laura McKinnon [larger view] I recently told you about research that used new microtechnology to document the incredible journey of Arctic Terns, a small bird species that annually migrates from its…

tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, migration, microtechnology, geolocator, natural history, biological hotspots, longest migration, seabirds, Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea, Iceland. Image: Arthur Morris, Birds as Art, 2007 [larger view]. Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens (handheld) with the EOS-1D Mark III. ISO 200. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/1000 sec.…

The Ant Whisperer

tags: The Ant Whisperer, ants, hymenoptera, pheromones, EO Wilson, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, evolution, streaming video If I owned a television, you can bet I’d be watching this Nova program on PBS tonight: The Lord of the Ants. This program describes some of EO Wilson’s amazing discoveries about ant communication, behavioral ecology and evolution [3:40]

tags: evolutionary biology, mate choice, sex determination, genetic compatibility, behavioral ecology, Gouldian Finch, Erythrura gouldiae, peer-reviewed paper The three color morphs of Gouldian finches, Erythrura gouldiae. Image: Sarah Pryke, Macquarie University. Gouldian finches, Erythrura gouldiae, are small cavity-nesting passerines that are endemic to open savannahs adjacent to mangrove swamps in northern Australia. These finches eat…

Dinosaurs: A Bunch of Mister Moms

tags: evolution, behavioral ecology, parental care, egg incubation, dinosaurs, birds The Oviraptorid dinosaur, Citipati osmolskae, on a nest of eggs that was unearthed in the Gobi desert of Mongolia by the American Museum of Natural History. Image: Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History. Oviraptors (“egg seizer”) were given their name because their fossil remains…

Why Do We Yawn?

tags: yawning, thermoregulation, budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus, animal behavior Yawning human, Homo sapiens serving as a perch for a domestic budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus. Image: Wendy (Creative Commons License). Yawning. Everybody does it. In fact, I am yawning now as I write this piece. Yawning is interpreted to have a variety of meanings, ranging from tiredness to…