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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Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. He is also External Professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Kanwal is an internationally recognized neuroethologist who was the first to perform magnetic resonance imaging in awake animals. He is an expert on cortical mechanisms for the perception of complex sounds. Dr. Kanwal discovered a left-brain dominance for species-specific

calls in bats. His laboratory is engaged in cracking the code for the neural representation of social calls within and between the two cerebral hemispheres and in the amygdala. Dr. Kanwal’s early contributions on the comparative organization of chemosensory systems include the discovery of taste centers in the forebrain of fish. He uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand the functional organization of the brain from the viewpoint of behavior. He is also an ardent birdwatcher and keen

been found that females eavesdrop on male–male interactions and use the information gathered to make mating decisions. In both birds and frogs, the advertisement call is directed at both males and females—it’s not just a mating call, but a territorial and competitive call for information. By following the interaction between two males, female frogs are able to extract information about who is the leader. This doesn’t mean, however, that the leader is necessarily the first choice as a mate, since

interesting way perpetuate the Amazon molly species. Although Amazon mollies are asexual, they need insemination by the male Atlantic mollies to initiate the process of embryogenesis, which results in female-only offspring. At other times, it appears that plain old laziness may be behind deceptive behavior. Some animals just don’t want to put in extra effort, and find a way to have someone else do the work. Sometimes a whole group perfects this ploy. One type of butterfly could be considered the

forelegs. These brilliant scales shine in the sunlight as the male jumping spider performs his intricate courtship dance. Summer night fireflies broadcast their spectacular light shows filled with drama and intrigue. Ultimately, the female chooses from hundreds of sparkling suitors—settling on the love light of one male. The light is produced by an enzyme in the firefly’s tail that creates a chemical reaction. Of the more than 2,000 firefly species throughout the world, some make flashes as

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