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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wolf pack rethinking

Went to a Live Wolf Encounter at the American Museum of Natural History today, meeting Atka, an Arctic gray wolf. This was an excellent way for both kids and adults to learn about wolves. One thing I learned was that the terminology of alphas and omegas is something scientists have been leaving behind, finding it poorly applicable to how wolf packs actually are structured. I read more about this shift  afterwards. I was skeptical recently when I read a blogger's categorization of humans into such Greek letter types, recounted sympathetically in the book Men on Strike, and skepticism seems even more justified if it's not even a good description of wolves.

Wolf Encounter

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