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Why do we think infant animals are so cute?

Over 50 years ago, ethologist Konrad Lorenz proposed that infants appear cute so that parents are attracted to them and motivated to care for them. Lorenz described the Kindchenschema, "baby schema," facial features such ...

How do toddlers use tablets?

Can babies use iPads? If you've ever viewed YouTube videos of infants and toddlers using iPads, then you know the answer is a resounding "Yes." But how are they using them?

Who's your daddy? If you're a gorilla, it doesn't matter

Being the daddy isn't important for male gorillas when it comes to their relationships with the kids; it's their rank in the group that makes the difference, says new research published in Animal Behaviour. The authors of ...

Student rescues abandoned baby gibbon

Naven Hon, an ecology and biodiversity Master's student, came across the infant gibbon last week at the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area.

Boy moms more social in chimpanzees

Nearly four decades of observations of Tanzanian chimpanzees has revealed that the mothers of sons are about 25 percent more social than the mothers of daughters. Boy moms were found to spend about two hours more per day ...

Elephant age estimated from voice

A paper published in Bioacoustics explains how researchers have been able to estimate the age of an elephant based on its vocal sounds. Results showed that they could distinguish infants, calves, juveniles, and adults with ...

Probing changes to infant milk formulations

Infant milk formula is a widely accepted alternative to breast milk for babies in their first year of life. Since breast milk contains all the nutrients required by young infants, formula manufacturers aim to closely match ...

Forecasting to prevent mass atrocity

As the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) worsens, researchers from the Atrocity Forecasting Project, including chief investigator Associate Professor Ben Goldsmith from the University of Sydney, argue that models ...

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