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Unit 27: Behavioral biology

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What do a dog begging for food, and ant leaving a chemical trail to food, and a human baby learning language all have in common? These are all examples of behaviors. Behavior is a crucial way that animals interact with each other and with their environment. Learn more about types of animal behaviors and how behavior is shaped by genes and environment.

How do songbirds learn to sing? Why do ants follow invisible lines to sources of food? What are dogs trying to accomplish when they mark their territory? Learn about these and many other fascinating, diverse, and sometimes bizarre examples of animal behavior.