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Anthropomania review: Our love of animals and how we live with them

Anthropomania

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IN THE 1980s, Hal Herzog often stuck his finger into the cages of baby snakes to see how often he was bitten. It was part of a test he had devised to measure the agreeableness of garter snakes – and some were definitely more aggressive than others. Herzog, now a psychologist at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, knew he was studying animal personality, but at that time it was controversial. “I did not have the moral fortitude to announce that in scientific journals,” he says. Read more>>

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