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Animals (And why we love them)
« on: November 14, 2010, 12:57:12 AM »

I swear there was a thread where this kind of stuff had been posted before, but I couldn't find it.


Anyway, couple of things to share.  This I watched when it originally aired on our local PBS station last.  It's called Dogs Decoded and confirms just about everything every dog owner/lover has ever said was true about their pets that scientists have thought was bull.  There's also a very interesting Border Collie discussed, and more depth on the Russian fox project pretty much all of us know about that explored domestication.  It's cool!  Watch it here:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-decoded.html


Second is something else I watched when it aired originally about research on the significant intelligence of crows/ravens (genus corvus) and that they may very well be more intelligent than most primate species.  Something I didn't like about it as a linguist-in-training, that I had to explain to my mother after it was over, was communication versus language.  The show, and scientists in the show, seem to make out that what they were testing would be ground breaking - whether or not a young crow could recognize a specific mask that his parents knew as someone bad.  That kind of learning has already been tested and proved in other species, including many bird species.  This is something I learned in my lingusitics foundational class a year ago.  That is communication, all species almost down to the single celled have this.  What they were not testing, the actually ground breaking thing, was if the young crows could learn about something WITHOUT being exposed to it.  That would have proved language as they would be communicating about past and future and abstract ideas, something that only humans do.

Despite this issue I had with it, the rest of the show about the other smart things crows can do was still very interesting.  You can watch it here:  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/a-murder-of-crows/full-episode/5977/
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 01:15:48 AM »

Oh, I saw that thing about crows, it was really interesting.
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 12:07:28 AM »

THIS ---> http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/5514811776/

Am I the only person who thinks the dog is looking to the side because he thinks he spotted a squirrel?
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 11:13:17 AM »

 Nah he's getting turned so just before he hits the water he launches his own "brown torpedo" at the guy next to him.


Srsly though, a dog that will jump from a heli into water. Ren1010 ain't got crap on this mutt!
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 08:05:52 PM »

Awesome thing about turkeys I watched last night.  --->  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/full-episode/7378/
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 11:21:11 AM »

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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012, 09:20:52 PM »

NICE. XD  http://www.petapixel.com/2011/07/28/portraits-of-dogs-as-they-shake-off-water/

That is both horrifying and yet somehow cute. At the same time.

It's so strange, and yet so cute, that it transcends its components and becomes the shape of a lawnmower!

But seriously: Cute, yet ugly.
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 09:03:52 PM »

WOLVERINES!

Just finished watching this an hour ago.  Pretty interesting if a little scattered and not that in depth.  But then again, that' s half the point of the show: we really don't know much of anything about wolverines, so a lot of this stuff is all there is to share.  Still plenty of cool stuff though, especially about the family structure.

Also, WOLVERINE KITS.  It's like they're born stocky, fat, demanding weasels and grow up from there. <3
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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2012, 10:04:35 AM »

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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2012, 01:31:05 PM »

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Re: Animals (And why we love them)
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012, 10:39:25 AM »

You know Frost, not all of us have a privacy raper Facebook account.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2012, 10:33:15 PM »

If YOU are having trouble seeing it, then YOU have a problem. I have no shame, and I don't really give a f**k who sees it lol. (read it some time and you'll learn lol)  >:D
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2012, 09:07:34 PM »

Heh... ok, a small copy for those who fear the book of faces...
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