Friday, September 23, 2016

Size clearly isn't everything

David Sandberg of The University of Buffalo in New York and Linda Voss of the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, UK reviewed the evidence for a Napoleon complex in a study published in 2002. They concluded that "the psychological adaptation of individuals who are shorter than average is largely indistinguishable from others, whether in childhood, adolescence or adulthood."Still, what holds true for humans may not necessarily be the case for animals.In a study published in 2012, researchers lead by P. Andreas Svensson of Linnaeus University in Sweden tracked the behaviour of fish called desert gobies. Male desert gobies defend nests, so the researchers introduced "intruder" males that the "resident" males had to see off. The team found that the smaller males "attacked sooner and with greater intensity" than the larger ones. So if small desert gobies can behave more aggressively than larger ones, could the same be true of dogs?


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