S2 E22: Power Struggles in the Peaceable Kingdom, Part 1

Constant Wonder - Season 2, Episode 22

  • Jul 6, 2022 6:00 am
  • 23:11 mins

There's plenty of warfare in animal kingdom, even within a species: battalions of mongooses square off against each other, hermit crabs evict each other in the quest for the perfect shell, ravens rally their brothers to back them up in a rumble. Sounds almost like West Side Story. But all of this conflict actually leads to more peace and harmony, not less. Guest: Lee Alan Dugatkin, author of "Power in the Wild: The Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Ways Animals Strive for Control over Others" Photo courtesy of Harry Marshall/Banded Mongoose Research Project