5 Amazing Feats of Animal Engineering

You might consider humans or beavers to be the best engineers on the planet, but these 5 other animals go to great lengths to put our houses and dams to shame.

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Sources:

Sociable Weaver:
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0140196305800114
animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/sociable-weaver
www.audubon.org/magazine/march-april-2014/africas-social-weaverbirds-take-communal
www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-sociable-weaver.html
www.wired.com/2014/08/absurd-creature-of-the-week-the-bird-that-builds-nests-so-huge-they-pull-down-trees/

Great Bowerbird:
www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(10)01036-5

Male bowerbirds create forced perspective illusions that only females see

Male bowerbirds stick to their own style


www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/11/28/1208350109
www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1554/04-669.1
animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/bowerbird

Pufferfish:
www.nature.com/articles/srep02106
www.livescience.com/40132-underwater-mystery-circles.html

Oriental Hornet:
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/002219109500034R
eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/1536/2/intelligent_thermoregulation_and_homeostasis__lessons_from_nature__paper_976.pdf
eurekamag.com/pdf/002/002094964.pdf
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/jemt.20360
www.descsite.nl/Publications/Thesis/Rosenzweig/Rosenzweig_CHAPTER_2.htm

Prairie Dog:
tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/prairie/
digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1609&context=greatplainsresearch
www.nps.gov/scbl/planyourvisit/upload/Prairie-Dogs.pdf
books.google.com/books?id=BJzzQXkka54C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
asknature.org/strategy/asymmetric-burrow-openings-create-passive-ventilation/#.W_SJFS2ZNE6
www.researchgate.net/publication/226446483_Wind-induced_ventilation_of_the_burrow_of_the_prairie-dogCynomys_ludovicianus
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Images:
Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius)
Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) nest
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Torquigener_flavimaculosus.jpg
www.nature.com/articles/srep02106/figures/3
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vespa_orientalis_(Oriental_hornet)_,_Skala_Kalloni,_Lesbos,_Greece.jpg
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pr%C3%A4riehund_P1010308.JPG
Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) in its nest

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vespa_orientalis_nest_1.jpg