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Not all cat predatory behavior is innate. Researchers found that cats predatory behavior for birds vs. mice depends to a significant degree on training by the mother: if the mother taught predatory behavior with birds, the kittens grew up to be better at catching birds than at catching mice and vice versa. Supportive data shows that aside from monkeys and ...


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No, it can't be done for a lot of reasons. Here are just a few. 1) Memories are stored in electrical pathways, not the the cells themselves. You don't have 1000 memories in a chunk of brain that contains 1000 neurons. If you don't get the entire pathway, you won't get the memory. 2) Once a nerve is cut, it won't fuse with another cut nerve. All you'll have ...


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The mirror test is definitely useful, but clearly biased toward animals with social intelligence (a notion of self is only useful if there's a notion of other) and also toward highly visual animals. A mole-rat, no matter how intelligent, is unlikely to use a mirror for much of anything. Using the same test for animals with very different sensory modalities ...


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Humans and other animals have lots of innate behaviors that are not learned from observation, i.e. behaviors that are hard-wired into our nervous system, and this is one of them. Suckling reflexes in mammals and the Moro reflex is human babies (which we grow out of) are other simple examples. The stretching behaviours you are referring to are usually ...


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Predators are very good at spotting moving targets, as movements will easily stand out from inanimate objects and vegetation. Most prey will prefer to hide or just run if they are spotted by predators. But the chameleons prefer to blend in with the vegetation instead. This gives them the advantage that they may move in plain sight, and still not be ...


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The idea you're talking about is Panspermia -- the theory that life on planet Earth originated somewhere else and began here during some sort of fertilizing event. From a biological point of view, all known life (with the exception of some very odd and unique species of single-celled organisms that are difficult to categorize) utilizes the predictable ...



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