Interesting and surprising finds from the animal kingdom.
Published May 20, 2013
With spring finally sprung here in the New York City area, the warmer temperatures and more abundant food sources have led to the emergent stirrings of chipmunks and rabbits, the morning songs of robins, and even the early buzzings of the 17-year cicadas Magicicada.
This spring, check out a few Academy resources on what science has learned about, and from, the animal kingdom.
Adventures with Sea Monsters
Eugenie Clark (a.k.a the Shark Lady) recounts her more than 60 years as an ichthyologist. Here she delves into some of the most extreme sea "monsters" she's ever seen, like a 6-foot crab and great white sharks.
Where the Grizzly Bears Go
Grizzly bears are showing up in an area of northern Manitoba where they've never been seen before. It's also an area inhabited by polar bears. Science & the City talks to the American Museum of Natural History's Robert Rockwell about why the grizzlies are moving and what it means for both bear species.
The Buzz About Bees
New York City is home to more than 200 species of bees, and only one makes honey. Learn about them and all the others from the experts, and hear about the Great Pollinator Project.
Behavioral Neurobiology of Birdsong
Birdsong has engaged the attention of researchers on species-typical behavior, communication, behavioral development, central sensory processing, motor learning, sensorimotor control, neurogenesis, and neuronal plasticity. This volume provides an overview of new findings in the birdsong system that have had a major impact on neuroscience research, and have fundamentally altered our concepts of brain function.
Tour the American Museum of Natural History's Extreme Mammals exhibition with its curator, John Flynn. Hear about mammals that lay eggs, wear armor, and sport headgear, just to name a few.
Tour the American Museum of Natural History's Author Brian Switek on the sex lives of dinosaurs.
Main photo: Angela N.
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