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By Ken Yasukawa

Discover why animals do what they do, in accordance with their genes, physiologies, cultures, traditions, survival and mating benefits, and evolutionary histories―and learn how learning habit within the animal global is helping us comprehend human behavior.

• presents readers with own narratives from the researchers themselves, allowing infrequent insights into how researchers imagine and what drives their studies

• Explains animal habit at the animal's phrases instead of anthropomorphizing its activities as is usually performed within the renowned press and the media

• encompasses a accomplished thesaurus of behavioral terms

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Your data consist of numbers of mates acquired by two groups of subjects: males in one group were calling when observed, but those in the other group were not calling when observed. On average, 20 calling frogs attracted five mates each, although some calling males attracted more and others fewer (mating success varied). In contrast, the 20 silent males attracted a mean of three mates, again with variation in mating success. • What is the biological question or hypothesis? Question: Does male calling behavior affect mating success?

Collections of publications gave opportunities for a broad range of scholars with interest in scientific topics to peruse what was known on a particular topic, perhaps stimulating their own thinking. A third seventeenth-century change involved expansion of animal collections, including living specimens that could be observed and studied. Some wealthy individuals created zoos or “menageries” as collections of exotic 44 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR animals housed on their estates. An early example was the Menagerie du Parc at Versailles (1660s), though many others were created at about this same time in England, Europe, and areas as geographically widespread as China and India.

It was the basis for many beliefs but was also the focus of much early work on veterinary medicine. Knowledge of animal behavior was critical to the husbandry practices developed by early Indian subcontinent peoples. Given their importance for breeding, bulls were also the subject of behavioral studies and were highly revered in early Indian cultures. The origins of the cow as a sacred being derive from this period in the first millennium BCE. Specialized breeding programs lead to cows that produced more milk and cows that were better mothers to their calves.

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