I'm not sure why lions are called "king of the jungle," when they live on the savannah. Still, this male lion, photographed in September of 2012 at the San Francisco Zoo does look quite kingly. And if you missed my post last week on why lions like to cuddle, here's a handy link.
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Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His research focused on the evolution and architecture of the mind, and how different early experiences might affect innate knowledge systems. He also received his B.A. in Psychology in 2007, and his M.A. in Psychology in 2009, both from USC.
Jason writes about psychology and neuroscience, with a special focus on animal cognition and the evolution of the mind. What does it mean for a cognitive skill or capacity to be truly innate? How can the environment take the basic building blocks of cognition and push them around in different ways? How did those building blocks evolve? How do they develop throughout the lifetime? Understanding the animal mind can help us better understand the evolution of the human mind.