Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

Karen Shanor, Jagmeet Kanwal

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1848312237

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"Amazing, moving, and enlightening. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly."—Larry King

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of years of fascinating scientific research that reveals how animals have secret inner lives of which, until recently, we had little proof. Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal take readers on an eye-opening voyage of discovery, showing how animals build, create, and communicate—expressing grief, joy, anger, and fear—which emphasizes just how animal we humans are.

Karen Shanor lectures at Georgetown University and is a clinical psychologist and an advisor for the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet programs.

Jagmeet Kanwal teaches at Georgetown University and is an internationally recognized neurothologist.

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Eight-week-old bat pups make long strings of barks, chatters and screeches that represent jumbled-up adult-like calls. Scientists now know that bats, like some primates and birds, babble as babies; and the ability to babble can even be accompanied by giggling. Not only do human infants babble and giggle as they experience feelings and try out their audiovocal abilities, so do babies of other species. New and sophisticated technology is taking our understanding into the secret world of animals.

Tolerance.” When outside temperatures go way down, two thirds of the frog’s body water freezes. Their hearts and brains stop functioning. Body temperature plunges to between 21° and 30°F (–6° and –1°C). Such freeze tolerance allows the wood frogs to live as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Georgia. They are able to survive the harsh cold because of a natural antifreeze. This organic antifreeze keeps the frog cells from dehydrating too severely during freezing. In this.

Environment. Rather than there being one objective world that is home to all living organisms, there are multiple subjective worlds. Nature believes in pluralistic thinking in an evolutionary sense, where different species occupy their own cognitive niches, each replete with unique angles and perspectives. Every species has its own way of perceiving and interacting with its environment based on its size, its surroundings, its sensory capacities, and how it behaves and what it remembers. The.

They can bring us closer to their worlds. Learning is a two-way street. While Alex and Toby as well as other parrots in captivity have impressive levels of understanding, parrots that live in the wild have been shown to be equally remarkable. Many of them live long lives—macaws can live up to 50 years or more. To live so long necessitates a number of survival strategies. These birds need a good memory to remember nesting places, different food sources, mates and how to best cope with droughts or.

Objects and orient in the environment. For further details, see “Echolocation” on p. 253 of The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (2001), by Robert Andrew Wilson and Frank C. Keil, MIT Press. Sound intensity is measured in decibels of sound pressure level or dB SPL. The scale of sound pressure is based on human hearing sensitivity and ranges from 0 to 100 dB SPL. 0 dB SPL is the threshold level below which sounds become inaudible. Beyond 100 dB SPL, sounds start becoming painful.

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