|The Hunting Ape http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6600330421430506831#docid=3759901256066398161
This episode looks at our most fundamental activity - finding food, examining how humans exploit even the most inhospitable environments, and analysing how our origins as hunter-gatherers manifest themselves in the fast-food culture of the modern world.
DEFINITION? what is predation? what is prey? [Ideas and terms: "true predation, grazing, parasitism; generalists and specialists]
DEVELOPMENT? How does predation (or predator evasion) change throughout an individual's development? For example, from infancy to maturity; which changes are relatively FIXED (don't change easily if at all with environment) or FLEXIBLE (subject to change because of different environment ... is fixity or flexibility different at different ages?) [Ideas and terms: ...] epigenesis, non-associative learning (habituation and sensitization), associative learning, open and closed genetic programs; "fixed" and "flexible" traits]
ECOLOGY? How might geography (climate, the physical nature of the organism's niche) affect predation (or predator evasion)? What NEEDS are met? what are the costs/benefits of communicating? What "modalities" are utilized to communicate? [Ideas and terms: camouflage, crypsis, epigenesis, niche, carrying capacity, selection pressure, kin recognition, competition, evasion or defensive strategies, mimicry, crypsis, mobbing]
EVOLUTION? How has predation (or predator evasion) changed across the generations? Has the environment (in which a trait evolved or had its contribution to fitness enhanced) changed during the animal's known evolutionary history? What are the effects of EPIGENESIS? Which genetic "programs" that affect communications are "open" or "closed" to environmental influence?) [Ideas and terms: "environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA)", stable polymorphism; co-evolution; kin recognition]
PHYSIOLOGY? How are predators (or prey) detected, integrated in the brain, and (possibly) acted upon? What is the physiological background to the expression of predation or predator evasion? [Ideas and terms: hunger, appetite, stress effects on behavior]