Tag: System Animals

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Anthropocene

Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

What does it mean to be a bird in a world massively altered by human actions? This White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), a beautiful raptor, is finding it out while hovering above Baylands Park near Palo Alto, California.

Humans have made not only the Dodo, but dozens of bird species, vanish from Earth in the past decades, through hunting, habitat destruction and the spread of cats, rats and dogs with the help of ships. Globally, 1300 out of a total of 10,000 bird species are seriously in decline. Other birds have learned to live with humans and profit from their presence.

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Bug Art
Hypernature

Bugs Paintings: Mixing Art and Science

Have you ever thought of using bugs as living moving brushes? Los Angeles painter Stephen R. Kutcher did! He employs different insects, such as flies, cockroaches and beetles, to create “wild” paintings, by dipping the bugs’ legs in the paint and releasing them on canvas to scratch out their masterpieces.

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Designed-by-Evolution

Next Natural Goats Adapt to Climb Trees

We learned from the natural world that squirrels and birds live in trees and that goats stay on the ground… but not in next nature! These acrobatic goats, found in Morocco, have become adept at climbing Argan trees in search of food, showing us a great example of their intelligence and adaptability.

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System Animals

Crows crack nuts… and traffic patterns

Narrated by the incomparable David Attenborough, this footage goes to show that urban birds really are smarter. The cross-walking crows recall a similar feat accomplished by the dogs of Moscow. Each day,…

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Co-Evolution

System Animals

What animal is so naive to come into this world as a naked and crying infant, completely vulnerable, helpless, and an easy prey for any predator? Newborn lamb or giraffe’s babies can walk within a few hours, but it takes humans years and years to learn to take care of themselves. Yet, despite our physical vulnerability, we’ve proven not only able to survive, but even to dominate the planet. How come?

Unlike other animals, which have specific organs, skills and reflexes that enable them to survive in their proper environment, humans have never been placed in an environment for which we are specifically equipped. The human physique implies that there is no such thing as a ‘purely’ natural environment for us. We are system animals: technological beings by nature.

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