Here’s a short and interesting read! Hope you enjoy!
Growing up, isn’t it every child’s dream to combine the powers of two adored superheroes into one? How fascinating would a combination of Batman and Spiderman be? (choose your own!) Ever imagined a fireboy-ice girl unison in a video game? Or a team with both Ronaldo and Messi?
As in a computer program, a complex set of instructions, given simultaneously doesn’t convey the message. Instead, a systematic break down of each step considering all possible scenarios needs to be given, be it for a computer or an animal brain. There is no magic neuron to instruct ‘Find a mate like me for producing offsprings!’. Neither is there a special XX detecting antenna for a lion. ‘Figuring out’ a mate is a complex process. When a lion takes a long look in the grasslands, thousands of visual stimuli are collected on the retina of the eye. These impulses are processed as electrical signals and then converted into an image. This image is then compared to millions of others to match a lioness. Different cues are analysed for 1. Is it a large creature? 2. Is it moving? 3. Is it brown? 4. Does it have thick hair around the face (mane)? 5. Does one side have a hump which I can mount? So for us, it is: Lion finds a lioness
But for the lion: Find something that is brown, moving, has a nice round hump and doesn’t have a mane. Not so easy, but works to a fair extent.
All these factors along with controlling chemicals ‘hormones’, the situation in which the animal is, drives the animal’s brain. Natural hybrids like the Lonicera fly are rare. Hence a LIGER is an attractive option in a ‘Lab’ but in the wild? Difficult but possible!