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Study Shows Meerkats' Darker Side Is Secret To Their Success
2014-07-24 03:48:59

University of Edinburgh The darker side of meerkats – which sees them prevent their daughters from breeding, and kill their grandchildren – is explained in a new study. Research into the desert creatures – which live in groups with a dominant breeding pair and many adult helpers – shows that the alpha female can flourish when it maintains the sole right to breed. The study shows how this way of life, also found in many animals such as ants and bees, can prove effective...

Meerkat Study Helps To Understand How Animals Cope With Novel Man-made Threats
2013-02-19 09:56:00

ETH Zurich In their environment, wild animals are exposed to countless threats, be they predators, diseases or natural obstacles to get over, such as gorges or rivers. In the course of evolution, they have developed specific behavioral responses to allow them to deal with these risks. In recent times, numerous man-made threats have been added to the naturally-existing ones, such as dangerous roads to cross. On the evolutionary time scale, it is excluded that the animals have evolved a...

2006-07-13 15:45:00

WASHINGTON -- Meerkats actively teach their young how to catch and eat their prey, British researchers said in a study that is one of the first to prove that animals show such complex behavior. While animals are known to learn from one another by watching, the team at Britain's University of Cambridge said they had demonstrated that the animals actually teach, as defined by clear principles. Older meerkats will bite the stinger off a live scorpion and give it to a youngster to kill and eat,...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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