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May 20, 2020 - Phys.org

Scientists dissect the complex choices of animals

Scientists dissect the complex choices of animals
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What is important when you choose a home? Space, security, light—or a combination of these? Like humans, animals make choices about where to live that have important implications for their livelihoods. But unlike humans, animals do not easily reveal the basis of their choice.

Now, researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz and the University of Konstanz have created a paradigm that can disentangle the strands of animal decision-making. By using CT scanning, 3-D modeling and 3-D printing, they have created artificial shelters that vary in precise ways, and used these structures to reveal the underlying preferences of animals.

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