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By Virginia Morell

ISBN-10: 0307461440

ISBN-13: 9780307461445

Noted technology author Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of analysis on animal cognition and emotion, providing a stunning and relocating exploration into the hearts and minds of untamed and domesticated animals.
   Did you recognize that ants train, earthworms make judgements, rats like to be tickled, and chimps grieve?  were you aware that a few canine have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds perform songs of their sleep? That crows improvise instruments, blue jays plan forward, and moths take note residing as caterpillars?

   Animal Wise takes us on a stunning odyssey into the internal global of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival highway gangs.  With 30 years of expertise protecting the sciences, Morell makes use of her ambitious presents as a story-teller to move us to box websites and laboratories worldwide, introducing us to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their strangely clever and delicate subjects.  She explores how this quickly evolving, debatable box has just recently overturned outdated notions approximately why animals behave as they do.  She probes the ethical and moral dilemmas  of spotting that even “lesser animals”  have cognitive skills such as  reminiscence, emotions, character, and self-awareness--traits that many within the 20th century felt have been unique  to human beings.

   By status behaviorism on its head, Morell brings the area of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond, and he or she stocks her admiration for the lads and girls who've concurrently chipped away at what we predict makes us specified whereas providing a glimpse of the place our personal talents come from.

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He suggests that the explanation for the rarity of leptospirae in New World primates may be the result of their arboreal nature and hence minimal contact with either contaminated soil or infected ground-dwelling rats. That cebids are susceptible to leptospiral infection was demonstrated by the work of Noguchi (1919): a benign infection was established in the spider monkey, A teles, while fatal infections were induced in marmosets and Cebus monkeys. A few bacterial records for other platyrrhines must be noted, for we can assume that at least some of these microorganisms are potentially infective for Saimiri as well as for their reported hosts.

Takos and T h o m a s (1958) recorded 89, 110, 93, and 45 P. elegans respectively in four S. oerstedi that died b e c a u s e of the mechanical actions of the worms and secondary bacterial infection leading to bowel perforation and peritonitis (see also Section II, C on Bacterial Infections). Heavy b u r d e n s , ranging from 21 to 60 worms, were recorded in the San Francisco survey for 11 of 34 infected animals; 8 of these were Saimiri (Dunn, 1963). T h e worms may c a u s e bowel obstruction when present in large n u m b e r s in small p r i m a t e s ; extensive tissue reaction around the worms may contribute to this obstruction.

Boliviensis to mean black-headed forms of S. sciureus of eastern Peru. Many other primate hosts are mentioned in this review, but, as already pointed out, only by their generic and/or common names. We have adopted the working classification of genera of platyrrhine primates set out in Table I. 's (1964) disposition of genera in the families Cebidae and Callithricidae with only one exception: We prefer to regard Mico as a separate genus rather than as a synonym for Callithrix. If Mico, one of three genera of marmosets with incisiform canines, is synonymized with Callithrix then very probably Cebuella should be also (see Hershkovitz, 1964, p.

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