One of America's strangest mating rituals, the chest-puffing, squeaking dance of the sage grouse, is getting closer attention, thanks to a pretty little fembot.
The sage grouse, which is sort of like a more interesting type of chicken, has long captivated scientists as well as tourists because, of its elaborate mating habits. A group of researchers have infiltrated the grouse world using a custom-designed "fembot" -- a robotic bird on wheels with a camera nestled in her breast.
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Disassortative mating alert! A group of European scientists led by Oxford biostatistician Raphaelle Chaix has provided some of the most compelling evidence yet that we humans pick our partners based on how different their immune systems—or officially, their Major Histocompatibility Complexes—are from our own.
Hormones are no longer responsible just for teenage angst and questionable food cravings; new research shows these temperamental chemicals also dictate the type of person to which you are attracted. In the first study of its kind, Drs. Ben Jones, Lisa DeBruine, and Lisa Weeling at the University of Aberdeen demonstrated that hormones play a key role in determining who you are attracted to at any given time.
Marine biologists discover octopuses that engage in unexpectedly complex mating rituals
By Gregory MonePosted 04.03.2008 at 9:42 am 1 Comment
UC Berkeley scientists have found a species of octopus whose members flirt, hold "hands", and ward off rival suitors as part of a complex mating ritual. Previously, researchers thought octopuses were fairly boring on the dating front, and didn't engage in complex behavior (which would be kind of a bummer, given that both male and female die not too long after mating). But the new work, published in Marine Biology, reveals that these slinky creatures have got their own moves.