Feedback and Notes

Due to Ning (our Web hosting company) being bought recently from the ashes of Mode Media we often experience 500 connection errors. Our apologies but these errors are out of our control. Hopefully, this will improve as the new company gains experience. Regards, AU

We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

Information

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

Exploring the Earth and Animal Sciences

Location: #science
Members: 57
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

Welcome to Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral is a group where those who share this fascination can discuss the Earth and animal sciences of geology, volcanology, seismology, ecology, ethology, primatology, entymology—basically all the –ologies of the natural world. 
 

For general science, chemistry, genetics, or evolution, please post in the Science! group. For posts on animal rights and welfare, please post in Animal Care. For cosmology, please post in The Daily Cosmos. For green living, sustainability, and environmental activism, please post in the Green Atheists group.


ONGOING THREADS
Action Alert & Petition Thread
Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature
News Thread: Empathy and Reciprocity in Animals
The AVM Book Thread
The AVM Video Thread
Website Links: Conservation, Protection, and Advocacy

 

Discussion Forum

Endangered elephant killings rising in Indonesia

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Chris Dec 24, 2016. 1 Reply

Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Mar 1, 2015. 850 Replies

New species found in Australia

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Nov 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Cockatoos can pick complicated locks!

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal Jul 11, 2013. 5 Replies

The intelligence of octopuses

Started by Adriana. Last reply by doone Jun 24, 2013. 3 Replies

Darwin's Frogs Are in Steep Decline

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

How Dogs Help Protect Threatened Species

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

The AVM Video Thread

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 12, 2013. 402 Replies

8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Atlantic puffins in peril in US

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Plan lifts Lower 48 wolf protections

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment

You need to be a member of Animal | Vegetable | Mineral to add comments!

Comment by Stephen on December 15, 2016 at 6:14pm

A Celebes crested macaque at the Tangkoko reserve in Indonesia. Researchers reported that monkeys have a vocal tract capable of human speech, but can’t talk because they lack the right wiring in their brains.Credit Sijori Images/Barcroft Media, via Getty Images

A Celebes crested macaque at the Tangkoko reserve in Indonesia. Researchers reported that monkeys have a vocal tract capable of human speech, but can’t talk because they lack the right wiring in their brains.Credit Sijori Images/Barcroft Media, via Getty Images

Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don’t Have the Brains for It

Primates are unquestionably clever: Monkeys can learn how to use money, and chimpanzees have a knack for game theory. But no one has ever taught a nonhuman primate to say “hello.”

Scientists have long been intrigued by the failure of primates to talk like us. Understanding the reasons may offer clues to how our own ancestors evolved full-blown speech, one of our most powerful adaptations.

On Friday, a team of researchers reported that monkeys have a vocal tract capable of human speech. They argue that other primates can’t talk because they lack the right wiring in their brains.

“A monkey’s vocal tract would be perfectly adequate to produce hundreds, thousands of words,” said W. Tecumseh Fitch, a cognitive scientist at the University of Vienna and a co-author of the new study.

Human speech results from a complicated choreography of flowing air and contracting muscles. To make a particular sound, we have to give the vocal tract a particular shape. The vocal tracts of other primates contain the same elements as ours — from vocal cords to tongues to lips — but their geometry is different.

Read more=  read:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/science/monkeys-speech.html?rref=...

Comment by Chris on December 9, 2016 at 7:32pm

Human predicesors (ants) in the amber may provide information about human development as well.

Comment by Mrs.B on December 8, 2016 at 3:39pm

Wow, that's a find, & the ant is perfect.

I have an amber necklace, but there's nothing but little air pockets that make it look ''fizzy''.

Comment by Stephen on December 8, 2016 at 3:33pm

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

To scientists' delight, the incredible appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers.

Picture of dinosaur tail

A segment from the feathered tail of a dinosaur that lived 99 million years ago is preserved in amber. A Cretaceous-era ant and plant debris were also trapped in the resin.

 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-...                                                              

Comment by Mrs.B on December 6, 2016 at 7:09pm

Such oddities in our oceans.

Comment by Stephen on December 6, 2016 at 6:35pm

nudibranch melibe sea slug

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melibe_leonina

This is something you would expect from outer space.

Comment by Chris on December 2, 2016 at 5:39am

Why Are Gorillas Committing Mob Violence?

That should be easy to figure out.

Limited resources. The same reason humans commit mob violence.  Though it may be different with humans in that they are violent for meaningless trinkets.

Comment by Chris on December 2, 2016 at 5:32am

Mircats are great as are other beings such as the great apes, who are probabably fighting for survival with the limited resources being taken from them from human incursion.

Comment by Chris on December 2, 2016 at 5:24am

God hates shrimp.

Comment by Chris on December 2, 2016 at 1:31am
 
 
 

© 2017   Created by Atheist Universe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service