Being taught by one’s parents may not always be a good thing—at least if you’re a whooping crane. A new UT study shows that animals deprived of normal parental care may be better suited to survive in new environments.
Bat poop matters. So says a UT study examining a little-known species, the Caucasian parsley frog, and its reliance on insects that breed in bat guano.
Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, recently published a study showing that Eurasian birds are beginning to develop a presence on our continent, which could end up having a negative effect on native species. Several publications featured the work.
North Americans might be seeing new species of birds in certain areas of the continent in the near future. According to research conducted by a UT psychology professor, Eurasian birds are beginning to develop a presence on our continent, which could end up having a negative effect on native species.
The ancestry of man’s best friend may be more complicated than its furry coat and soulful eyes betray. Understanding the evolutionary history of the domesticated dog may ultimately help protect endangered wolves, according to a UT study.
The UK Daily Mail featured Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, in a story about predatory reptiles like crocodiles and alligators that sing to each other like birds do. The publication highlighted Dinets’ research that shows crocodiles and alligators have a talent for climbing trees. He observed crocodile species climbing trees on three continents–Australia, Africa
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently featured Vladimir Dinets, assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology, in a story about the Yeti, a mythical creature described as an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive sabre-like teeth. Scientists suggest various theories about what the creature is, ranging from a bear to an ape. “There are
Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we’d ever dream. According to research by a UT psychology professor, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball, and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.
Discover magazine featured the research of Psychology Professor Gordon Burghardt and his colleagues Vladimir Dinets, a psychology research assistant professor, and James Murphy of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. They are the first to document play with objects in a cichlid fish species. There are hundreds of species of cichlid, including tilapia,
Discovery featured research by psychology research assistant professor Vladimir Dinets that took advantage of the reach of social media to gather eyewitness accounts worldwide of crocodile and alligator predatory behavior. The accounts uncovered that crocodiles work as teams in their attacks.
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication, and use of tools for hunting.
The Christian Science Monitor, along with several other national and international news outlets, have covered a UT study that has found that crocodiles can climb trees. The study by Vladimir Dinets, published in the journal Herpetology Notes, finds that certain species of crocodiles are adept at climbing trees. In fact, the reptiles could climb more than