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Measuring Intelligence and Decoding the Animal Mind

Is it possible to define animal intelligence, and if so, how? Are smarts purely inherent and genetic, or can they be obtained over time and/or expanded upon? What can we hope to achieve by determining the various forms (emotional, logical, instinctual, etc) of animal intelligence? These are some of the questions that twentieth century scientists, … Continue reading

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How long is an African elephant’s tusk?

In both male and female African elephants, tusks grow for most of an elephant’s lifetime, and are an indicator of age. About 1/3 of the tusk’s total length lies hidden inside the skull and are, in fact, elongated incisors. They are around the same length in both sexes, reaching up to 10 ft.–although those of … Continue reading

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Feather Facts

Unlike humans, who absorb vitamin D from the sun through their skin, which is then converted into vitamin D3, bird’s feathers prevent the sun from hitting their skin directly. So, in order to absorb vitamin D, they “preen” themselves: this allows them to orally ingest the vitamin. Once ingested, it is then further broken down by the body, where … Continue reading

(Bat) Fact of the Day!
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(Bat) Fact of the Day!

A Crash Introduction to Bats:  -Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after                  rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal      species worldwide – There are about 1,240 bat species divided into Two Suborders: -The lesser specialized of the two suborders are largely fruit-eating bats (megabats, … Continue reading

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(AWESOME) Animal Fact of the Day:

Dolphin “language” is more complex than human language. They have over 6 different forms of communication: Sounds and whistles used for for echolocation (aka examining the world, identifing objects) Clicks which help dolphins navigate and locate prey Sonar sounds which coordinate group hunting. “Burst pulsed sounds” which are highly complex, include a grammatical structure, and … Continue reading