The Thoughtful Animal

Welcome New Readers!

At some point today, I got a whole mess of new twitter followers who (I hope) are coming to check out the blog. Here are a few links to some of the best and most popular posts, to give a sense of the things I like to write about.

Here is a quick introduction.

Here are a few of the most popular posts:
Whale Snot
Whale Poop
Does Oral Sex Confer An Evolutionary Advantage? Evidence From Bats
Your Kid’s Newest Art Critic

And a few of my personal favorites:
Giant Birds and Terrified Monkeys
Elephants Say “Bee-ware!”
Are Those Dogs Playing or Fighting?

And a favorite from the old blog, that I haven’t imported yet: The Russian Fox Study. Imported it.

Finally, tell me who you are in the comments and how you found me! (And veteran readers who are until-now lurkers: feel free to tell me who you are as well!)


  1. #1 Cassidy
    May 29, 2010

    I am neither new nor veteran nor particularly lurky, but I have to say, the Russian foxes have always been one of my favorites, too. So I was delighted to learn from none other than Svante Paabo when he spoke at my institution recently (about Neandertals, not foxes, obviously) that there were actually other species undergoing such behavioral selection as well. He told us about the rats, the tamest of whom would sit on your shoulder quite happily. Of course, he speculated that about four of their aggressive counterparts could take down a person, but that may’ve been exaggeration. Maybe. None of those cool morphological changes, though.

  2. #2 gelf
    May 29, 2010

    I am somewhat lurky and also somewhat new. I wish I had finished my college degree in psychology, and am living vicariously through you. My favorite posts of yours are “Giant Birds & Terrified Monkeys”, “Where’s the other Half”, “Elephants Say Beware”, and the first one of yours I ever read “Who Moved My Garden”. I don’t Twitter – I either found you through Pharyngula or Blag Hag – can’t remember which. I’m interested in all critters, including humans under the age of 18 or so, as I am a homeschooling mom who is trying to produce a couple of rational scientist adults. Love your blog & looking forward to more!

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