Lecture08 - BioNB 2210: Lecture 08 Sept. 12, 2011 Lecture...

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BioNB 2210: Lecture 08 Sept. 12, 2011 Lecture 08: The Dance Language of Bees Professor Thomas Seeley Learning Objectives 1. To understand the form of the waggle dance signal and how a bee adjusts its form to encode information about the direction and distance to a rich food source. 2. To understand the how this remarkable form of animal communication was deciphered. Of particular importance here is understanding how at first Karl von Frisch both underestimated and misinterpreted the message of the waggle dance, and understanding how he corrected his error some 20 years later. 3. To understand the designs of the experiments that von Frisch used to analyze the message and meaning of the waggle dance. It is important to understand how his experiments cleanly distinguished between competing hypotheses. 4. To raise your awareness of the behavioral sophistication of animals, even the little ones, such as bees. 1. Introduction
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Lecture08 - BioNB 2210: Lecture 08 Sept. 12, 2011 Lecture...

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