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Structural Balance Theory Applied To Animal Groups
2013-04-23 05:13:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans follow complex social situations to decide who to befriend or abandon. A new study that seeks to advance our understanding of the structure of animal social networks reveals that animals use the same level of sophistication in judging social configurations. Published this week in Animal Behaviour, this study is the first to apply a long-standing theory of social psychology — called "structural balance," the theory...

Urine Of The Rock Hyrax Can Give Past Climate Clues
2013-02-18 08:40:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Not cleaning a kitty´s litter box could be a disgusting thought for cat owners, but for Brian Chase of Montpellier University in France – layers of dried urine can reveal exciting new details about an environment as they stack up year after year and generation after generation. Instead of learning about the historical habitat of the common housecat, Chase and his colleagues from the European Research Council analyzed layers...

2010-10-12 23:05:00

Geographers at Leicester use forensic techniques to investigate untapped resourceScientists at the University of Leicester are using an unusual resource to investigate ancient climates"“ prehistoric animal urine.The animal in question is the rock hyrax, a common species in countries such as Namibia and Botswana. They look like large guinea pigs but are actually related to the elephant. Hyraxes use specific locations as communal toilets, some of which have been used by generations of...

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Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis
2012-10-03 16:46:51

The rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), also known as the Cape hyrax, is one of four species of hyrax and is the sole member of its genus, Procavia. It is occasionally known as the rock rabbit or as a dassie. It is known as three different names in Swahili, although the only name used specifically for this species is the “pimbi.” It holds many subspecies, some of which are known as Cape or rock hyraxes as well. These are usually African species of hyrax. The rock hyrax is found throughout the...

2007-06-25 08:22:56

The Cape Hyrax or Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis, is a species in the order Hyracoidae. They live south of Syria, Lebanon, through Israel and North Africa to much of sub-Saharan Africa. They are found in savanna or grassland areas. They live in cavities in rock outcroppings and can often be found in the burrows of other animals including those of aardvarks and meerkats. The skull of the Cape Hyrax has a pair of long tusk-like incisors and molars that resemble rhinoceros' molars. The...

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