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Animal Behavior

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Imagine you are a monkey in a laboratory and a person dressed in a white coat walks into the room with a catching net. How do you think you would react?

WATCH: Man's Best Friend Is Smarter Than We Thought

| Virginia Morell | Posted 07.27.2013 | Science

The next time your dog digs a hole in the backyard after watching you garden, don't punish him. He's just imitating you. A new study reveals that our ...

Meat Treat Study Offers New View Of How Dogs See The World

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

How do dogs see the world? A lot more colorfully than you might have imagined, new research suggests. Scientists have long known that dogs' eyes ar...

'Monkey See, Monkey Do' Not Just For Primates, Study Shows

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 04.26.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- You don't have to be a teenager to want to fit in at the school lunchroom. Some wild animals seem to follow similar monkey-see, monkey-d...

WATCH: Puppies vs. Stairs

The Huffington Post | Sam Wilkes | Posted 04.22.2013 | Comedy

Many human adults have trouble with stairs, so it's understandable that a puppy's first time on the steps can result in some adorable slips and tumble...

WATCH: 'Crittercam' Reveals Squid's-Eye-View

Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 03/28/2013 09:21 PM EDT on LiveScience To see firsthand how an elusive species of jumbo squid lives, scie...

Chimp Study Sheds Light On Origins Of Teamwork

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 03.22.2013 | Science

Teamwork is a hallmark of the human species, but a new study shows we're not the only ones to cooperate. Chimpanzees team up to help each other to ach...

Weird Reason Rats Sniff Each Other

Posted 03.10.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 03/09/2013 09:12 AM EST on LiveScience Without being able to talk to each other, rats use sniffing as one...

WATCH: Monkeys' Amazing Nut-Cracking Mastery

| Posted 02.28.2013 | Science

By Sean Treacy Keep still, you nut! Bearded capuchins open nutshells by placing them on a log or a stone and smashing down on them with a rock, as ...

Building a Nuclear Reactor, Rolling a Ball of Poop in a Straight Line: What's the Diff?

Ken White | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

Readers of my posts know I'm drawn to discoveries which shorten that perceived distance between Homo sapiens and the rest of the animals on Mother Earth. It's not that I don't think we're special; rather, it's that I think all of life is special.

LISTEN: Dolphins Call Each Other By 'Name'

| Posted 02.22.2013 | Science

By Virginia Morell Every bottlenose dolphin has its own whistle, a high-pitched, warbly "eeee" that tells the other dolphins that a particular indi...

Video Experiment Tests Dogs' Ability To Recognize Their Own

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By Becky Crew | February 18, 2013 They may have the largest physical variety among all animal species on Earth, but dogs can still recognise on...

Chimp Tops Humans In Key Mental Test

Posted 02.17.2013 | Science

By: Douglas Main Published: 02/16/2013 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience Boston — Chimpanzees may have more smarts than humans, at least regarding sho...

Cheating Apes Use Clever Trick To Hide Infidelity

Posted 02.16.2013 | Science

By: Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/12/2013 11:09 AM EST on LiveScience Between secret rendezvous, deleted messages and outr...

Tool Use, Culture and Human Hubris

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

People tend to believe that our species is superior to and separate from the animal kingdom, that we are the end point of the evolution of life on earth. That notion is not only false but extraordinarily dangerous.

Has Homing Pigeon Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 01/30/2013 07:27 PM EST on LiveScience The mystery of how homing pigeons are able to navigate...

3 Tips For Using Dog Training Methods On People

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Women
Anna Jane Grossman

When I meet someone new and say that I'm a dog trainer, the first question I usually get is, "Can you train my husband?" My reply is always, "Yep!"

Squirrel Appreciation Day: Don't Miss Celebrating!

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Bonni Brodnick

I'm thankful for many things and my list runneth over, but I've never thought squirrels could be counted among them. Until now.

Scientists Wrong About Crabs, New Study Suggests

Posted 01.17.2013 | Science

By: Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/16/2013 06:03 PM EST on LiveScience Scientists have long held that crabs are unable to ...

WATCH: Super-Cute Puppy School Is Now In Session

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.11.2013 | Good News

A furry puppy doing anything is usually pretty cute. But a timid, furry puppy learning from an older dog how to climb down stairs is in-your-face prec...

Humanlike Violence Is Extremely Rare in Other Animals

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.18.2013 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Given recent acts of heinous human violence in addition to the ongoing wars in which we're engaged, it's worth revisiting what we know about the social behavior of nonhuman animals (animals).

Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up While Many Other Species Do Not?

Quora | Posted 02.17.2013 | Science

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Stanton Champion, Product Marketing Manager for uTest This is somewhat of a myth. Horses can...

Mathematician Puts Spotlight On 'Selfish' Penguins

Posted 11.19.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 11/16/2012 06:30 PM EST on LiveScience Greed is good for penguins that huddle togethe...

Cara Santa Maria

Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science

LOLCats may make us laugh out loud, but do the kittens in these adorable memes find their own behavior funny? I wondered about humor in the animal kin...

When Birds Mourn

Ken White | Posted 11.19.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

As someone who has spent (happily) most of my life with and around animals, I grow more and more convinced that we have more in common with our fellow inhabitants of the Earth than we may imagine.