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Stories by Felicity Muth

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This week I had the privilege of writing a couple of articles for the guest blog of Scientific American, on whether animals remember past events in their lives, and how we go about testing it...

August 9, 2011 — Felicity Muth

It's about Time: Animals remember past events in their lives

This is the first part of a two-post series. The Part 2 is at The Thoughtful Animal blog on our network. "Let’s see if you bastards can do ninety." And with that, the DeLorean accelerated forwards and traveled back in time thirty years.Unfortunately, in life outside Back to the Future , we do not yet have the option of time travel...

August 9, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Why might a female zebra finch cheat on her partner?

Zebra finches are birds which, once they've found that special someone, will tend to stick with them. They are what is called `socially monogamous', meaning they form pairs to mate and raise offspring over multiple breeding seasons, but with the occasional sneaky mating with the next door neighbour...

August 5, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Ant Farmers – How do they do it?

I used to work in Edinburgh's Butterfly and Insect World. While I was there, my favourite animal was not the chameleon, which changed colour when it was angry.

July 18, 2011 — Felicity Muth

Emotional bees

Whether animals feel emotion, and are capable of suffering, is a question the answer to which has far-reaching implications. I recently read Victoria Braithwaite's `Do Fish Feel Pain?', a question that I didn't worry about much until reading this book, but now bothers me a lot more...

June 27, 2011 — Felicity Muth

The bowerbird: a master of illusion

The article I discuss below came out last year, but it really is a rather cool experiment, so I felt I had to share it. Bowerbirds, perhaps best known from Sir David Attenborough's documentaries, are unique in their elaborate constructions of bowers...

June 27, 2011 — Felicity Muth
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