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The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

Photoblogging: More California Gulls

Photoblogging: More California Gulls

Following on last week’s California gull photo, here are a few more from that day. It’s a lesson in composition: the top photo tells a story.

October 6, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
How Trophy Hunting Actually Benefits Croatian Brown Bears

How Trophy Hunting Actually Benefits Croatian Brown Bears

Shoot a bear in Croatia, and you can skin it and turn the hide into a rug to adorn the floor of your living room. Or, if you wanted, you could hack off its head, stuff it, mount it, and hang it above your fireplace.

October 2, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Seagull in Flight

Photoblogging: Seagull in Flight

Most people in Los Angeles interact with seagulls – that is, the California gull, Larus californicus – mainly by shooing them away from our picnics at the beach.

September 29, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Golden Eagle Versus Deer: Eagle Wins

After setting camera traps to study tigers, researchers received a surprise when they found the world's first recorded evidence of a golden eagle attacking a sika deer.

September 25, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Blue-Footed Booby

Photoblogging: Blue-Footed Booby

Blue-footed boobies – those birds made famous by their mating dance – are being spotted all over the Los Angeles area and as far north as Marin County.

September 22, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

The 1962 cartoon series The Jetsons featured a futuristic nuclear family: father George, mother Jane, and their offspring, Elroy and Judy. In the very first episode, we learn about the Jetson family’s purchase of a housecleaning robot named Rosey.

September 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
High-Flying Frog Was Not The First Amphibian To Reach For Outer Space

High-Flying Frog Was Not The First Amphibian To Reach For Outer Space

The internet loves animals, and loves animals in surprising places even more. So when a photo emerged showing a frog flying alongside NASA’s Minotaur V rocket as it lifted off from it’s launchpad in Virginia earlier this month carrying the LADEE spacecraft towards the moon it was an immediate hit.

September 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

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.

September 15, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

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