Mooney Goes Wild Friday 7 June 2013

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On Mooney Goes Wild Today.....

We examine the amazing theory that our evolution, as humans, was determined more than anything else by the taming of fire, and the discovery of cooking!

Award-winning author, Tim Birkhead, examines the six senses in birds, and discusses his new book entitled "Bird Sense: What It's like to Be a Bird".

And, Richard Collins on why the fable of “the boy who cried wolf" is every bit as true for the animal kingdom.

Nestwatch 2013

Donal Glackin has sent us in these great photos of Blue Tits he took







All photos courtesy of Donal Glackin

The Six Senses in Birds

The Six Senses in Birds

A lifetime of bird watching has taken Tim Birkhead all over the world and given him an understanding of how Birds sense the world differently to us... how a common guillemot can identify its partner from 500 metres distance and how the great grey owl, hunting in northern tundra will use its hearing to hunt mice under the snow… he has put it all together in a book called Bird Sense: "What it's like to be a bird" and he will be joining us to tell us more…

Cooking Makes Us Human

Cooking Makes Us Human

Mankind has been cooking for thousands and thousands of years. And our ability to cook, and the ways in which we cook, have become more and more sophisticated with each passing generation..In fact, there is a strong argument to suggest that our entire physiology is
shaped by this simple ability: the ability to cook. That
argument has been brilliantly articulated in a book called "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human." Its author is Richard Wrangham, Professor of of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and is on todays programme to tell us more....

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