War Eagle Down Under

I'm Emily, a junior at Auburn University working on my bachelor's in marine biology. This February I'll be heading to Australia for a semester to finish up my field courses at James Cook University in Northern Queensland. I've been an avid world traveler since I was 18 months old, but have never been to the land down under, so any tips or stories would be phenomenal!





Hello yes! A Science Birb, here to explain the science!

Birb have VERY LARGE EYE in skull. Very good for seeing! But not space for muscle, birb cannot move eye. For mammal to make steady image, keep focus on single thing, always moving eye! Tiny movements, sometimes not even know. But birb cannot make tiny movements! So, birb must move whole head. And that is why the birb can keep steady the head when the body is amovering!

Thank you for listening to a science

I’m crying

That was the greatest scientific explanation I have ever read

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Loss of Wolflike Behaviors Correlates with a Dog’s Appearance

In this 1997 study, authors Goodwin, Bradshaw, and Wickens made a fascinating discovery. When they looked for 16 gray wolf social behaviors in ten different breeds of dogs, they found that the number of the behaviors a dog retained correlated with how wolflike it was physically.

The wolf behaviors were separated into two categories: threats and submissive. They included things such as aggressive gape, inhibited bite, and muzzle lick. On one end of the spectrum, Siberian huskies showed 15 out of 16 of the behaviors. On the other, Cavalier King Charles spaniels only showed two.

A number of interesting conclusions can be drawn from this study. First, the “less-wolflike” dogs had more physical characteristics of juvenile wolves, such as a rounded skull, floppy ears, small size, etc. The authors, after examining the age at which each of these social behaviors appear in the wolf, found that most of the behaviors the smaller dogs had lost were behaviors that occurred later in the wolf’s development. This suggest that as physical development slows, so does behavioral development.

There were a couple of outliers: retrievers had more wolf behaviors than expected, while the relatively wolfish German shepherd had fewer. The authors believe that this is because the retrievers were bred for hunting, causing them to need to retain more wolf behaviors, while the German shepherd was intentionally bred to look more like wolves from a less wolflike breed.

So what does it all mean? In the end, the loss of these social behaviors may be due to the fact that dogs no longer have to compete with other dogs for resources thanks to human intervention. This makes even more sense when you consider the fact that the more lapdog-ish dogs are the ones who have lost more behaviors. Overall it seems that the submissive behaviors were the most likely to disappear first. Since these displays are used to inhibit and pacify aggression in others, it seems like dogs have much less to fear from their conspecifics than wolves do.

Full text of the paper:

Goodwin, D., Bradshaw, J. W., & Wickens, S. M. (1997). Paedomorphosis affects agonistic visual signals of domestic dogs. Animal Behaviour, 53(2), 297-304.

Photo credit: Emily Killian Molina




heard some non-savory comments from my family about my dear ball python so i was inspired to make some little psa’s about snakes!!! they are our scaly friends do not harm noodles
—> buy here as stickers or w/e you want!! also if you wanna use it on your blog feel free but pls credit me thank u \m/


*scuttles off to investigate*

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Back at my apartment in Auburn! My roommates cat has decided I’m her new best friend. I’m going to feel bad when I have to kick her out of my room when I go to bed tonight


charcoal illustration by Robert Longo.


charcoal illustration by Robert Longo.

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"Most girls that like snakes and weird animals are ugly" pardon me while I put my snake on my face to demonstrate the several fucks that none of us give

Allow me to join you with my snake scarf and lack of fucks 



I don’t think I’d have a face left if I did what you guys were doing, but I want to play anyway.

don’t give even one tiny little fuck



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Puppy party! Enjoying my weekend relaxing at home with my pup Toby (the white spaniel), and watching Duke (brown cutie) for a family friend. Can’t wait to hear the stories from little brother’s orientation at LSU


The planets - just because its a wonderful image.


The planets, aligned.

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actually me


The winners of this year’s B&H Wilderness Photo Competition have just been announced! Partnering with South African Airways and ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, B&H hosted this competition in order to celebrate nature and conservation.

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