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The Rhino and Her Oxpecker: Friend or Foe?
1000 511 Roddy Carter

She stood in the shade of a giant umbrella thorn tree (Acacia tortillis), sheltering from the sweltering African sun. Well known as an insistent, somewhat grumpy leader, few would challenge her for this prime spot. Careful observers knew that her somnolent appearance belied her deep reflective nature, and her inclination for decisive action. Today she contemplated an ancient business relationship; a symbiosis with a smaller entity that proved recurrently irksome. read more

Outsourcing Asymmetry or Parasitism?
720 449 Roddy Carter

My interest in the outsourcing vogue prompted me to explore nature for examples of similar behavior amongst natural species. The journey quickly led me to a family of birds that outsource entirely their child-raising responsibilities. Cuckoo birds in Europe, Africa and Asia trick other species into hatching their eggs and raising their young. read more