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Autistic Kids Happier In The Presence Of Animals
2013-02-28 16:47:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Animals and humans have long enjoyed an amicable relationship with one another. For whatever reason, it seems as if we generally enjoy one another´s company. Various animals have been found to bring comfort to the sick and even lower blood pressure. Now, a new study has found that animals can have yet another positive influence on humans, particularly children with autism. According to research conducted by psychology...

Rats Have Best Bite Of Rodent World
2012-04-30 07:36:42

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that mice and rats have evolved to gnaw with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth more successfully than rodents that 'specialize' in one or other of these biting mechanisms. Researchers designed a computer model to simulate the bite of rats to understand whether their skull shape or muscle arrangement was a major factor in their evolutionary success and global dominance, making them one of the most common pest species in the...

2011-12-03 11:43:05

An archaeological research team from North Carolina State University, the University of Washington and University of Florida has found one of the most diverse collections of prehistoric non-native animal remains in the Caribbean, on the tiny island of Carriacou. The find contributes to our understanding of culture in the region before the arrival of Columbus, and suggests Carriacou may have been more important than previously thought. The researchers found evidence of five species...

2010-03-25 09:25:00

Despite reductions in brain size, domestication has not reduced the ability of guinea pigs to navigate a water maze. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology tested domesticated and wild animals ('cavies') and found that they both performed well at the test, with the domestic animals actually being slightly superior. Lars Lewejohann worked with a team of researchers from the University of Mnster, Germany, to investigate the differing abilities of the...

2009-06-18 16:50:00

MANHATTAN, Kan., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Owners of exotic animals like reptiles and birds need to be aware of illnesses that can affect both their pet and humans, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. Gary West, assistant professor of zoological medicine in K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, said exotic animals can make fun and interesting pets, but there are many health factors to consider before owning one. West said common exotic pets are ferrets,...

2006-05-11 11:56:19

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Four British animal rights militants were jailed for 40 years on Thursday over the desecration of the grave of a woman whose family bred guinea pigs for medical research. The body of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond was dug up and stolen from a churchyard in central England during one of the most sustained campaigns ever launched by animal rights protesters. Britain is home to some of the world's most vociferous animal rights groups but police say the...

2005-08-24 03:40:21

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 500 leading British scientists and doctors gave their backing to animal testing on Wednesday, a day after a farm targeted by activists said it would stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research. The declaration, drawn up by the Research Defense Society (RDS), said a small but vital part of work into new medicines involved the use of animals. Signatories included three Nobel laureates, 190 Fellows of the Royal Society and the Medical Royal Colleges, and...

Latest Guinea pig Reference Libraries

2007-06-25 10:10:28

The Patagonian Mara, Dolichotis patagonum, is a relatively large rodent found in Central and Southern Argentina. Maras inhabit arid grasslands and scrub desert. Maras like to live in burrows and will occasionally inhabit burrows that already exist from other animals. They are herbivorous. The Patagonian Mara is from the Family Caviidae, which includes cavies, such as their larger relative the capybara, and guinea pigs. Patagonian Maras are closely related to the other member of the...

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