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How It Works:
- Identify the lessons in the ScienceFusion Animal Behavior chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the animal behavior topics you need to learn or review.
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.
Students will learn:
- The differences between innate and learned behavior
- Different behaviors that enable animals to survive
- Animal behaviors conducive to reproduction
- The definition for the circadian rhythm
- Kinds of dispersion patterns
- Why animals hibernate
- The definition for estivation
- Major kinds of animal social groups and social behaviors
- Signals that animals use for communication
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1. Animal Behavior: Innate vs. Learned
There are some things that animals are born knowing how to do. These behaviors are innate. They are different than learned behaviors, which an animal must pick up through training, observation or experience. Learn more about these types of behaviors.
2. Survival Skills in Animals
The natural world can be a tough place. Learn about the survival skills animals use to make it in that world, sometimes against the odds. Check what you've learned with a quiz.
3. Animal Behaviors that Aid in Reproduction
Reproduction is the fundamental driving force behind animal behavior. Here we will examine some of the behaviors that ensure reproductive success, and you can test yourself at the end with a brief quiz.
4. The Circadian Rhythm
You wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. But some animals do the opposite: wake at night and sleep during the day. What determines the time of day you're active is your circadian rhythm, an internal clock that keeps daily time for you.
5. Carrying Capacity, Migration & Dispersion
Have you ever wondered why some types of birds fly south in the winter or why some animals form territories? Watch this video to learn about a species' maximum growth capabilities, the way its members group themselves and why they might migrate to new locations every year.
6. What is Hibernation? - Definition & Facts
Hibernation allows animals to survive in harsh climates where others would perish. This lesson defines hibernation, discusses which animals hibernate, and includes some other facts on these awesomely long naps.
7. Estivation: Definition & Examples
Unless you are a spelling bee champion, you may not have encountered the word 'estivation' before. Estivation allows some animals to survive during hot, dry conditions. Here you will learn what estivation is, how it works, and which animals use it.
8. Social Behavior: The Cost-Benefit of Altruism and Kin Selection
Ever wonder why people are more likely to help their relatives than complete strangers? Social behavior can help explain this and other actions. Let's look at the cost of certain behaviors.
9. Social Behavior: Agonistic, Dominance Hierarchies, & Territoriality
Instead of using words, animals communicate with each other through social behaviors. These actions between individuals may be used to establish rank, defend home and breeding sites, and compete for resources.
10. How Animals Communicate: Chemical, Visual & Electrical Signals
Animals use a variety of different signals to communicate with each other. In this lesson you'll identify the different types of communication signals and the situations in which they might be most useful.
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- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.2: Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.3: Evidence of Evolution
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.4: The History of Life on Earth
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 1.5: Classification of Living Things
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 2.1: Archaea, Bacteria, & Viruses
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 2.2: Protists & Fungi
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 2.3: Introduction to Plants
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 2.4: Plant Processes
- ScienceFusion The Diversity of Living Things Unit 2.5: Introduction to Animals