User profile of AndrewDHigginson

Behavioural ecologist interested in the effects of predation and ecology on morphology and behaviour. Based at the University of Exeter.


AndrewDHigginson has posted 36 Findings :

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Conflicts between animals are usually settled without injury, but such ritualised harmless fighting has evolved because it is good for individuals, not for the “survival of the species”

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Animals may act to reduce their own fitness if the act has a big benefit to relatives

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Better understanding of food gathering behaviour from appreciating that collecting food involves a greater risk of being killed than travelling

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

An animal that learns optimally may still be prone to inactivity when conditions are good, which is a symptom of depression

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Animals’ instincts to exploit gluts of food to avoid costing searching means we easily become obese in our ‘constant glut’ modern world

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

The drifty genotype hypothesis of obesity is not consistent with evolutionary theory

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Fri Oct 27 2017

Relatedness does not play a role in the evolution of animal societies such as bee colonies

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Sun Oct 22 2017

Leadership can evolve even without differences in need or ability

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Sun Oct 22 2017

Following despotic individuals results in costs of social ties for baboons.

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Sun Oct 22 2017

Pigeons compromise over migration route, as long as they don’t disagree too much

Posted by: AndrewDHigginson Posted Sun Oct 22 2017

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