The ecological significance of time sense in animals
Leslie Ng, Jair E Garcia, Adrian G Dyer, Devi Stuart-Fox
Biological Reviews | WILEY | Published : 2021
Time is a fundamental dimension of all biological events and it is often assumed that animals have the capacity to track the duration of experienced events (known as interval timing). Animals can potentially use temporal information as a cue during foraging, communication, predator avoidance, or navigation. Interval timing has been traditionally investigated in controlled laboratory conditions but its ecological relevance in natural environments remains unclear. While animals may time events in artificial and highly controlled conditions, they may not necessarily use temporal information in natural environments where they have access to other cues that may have more relevance than temporal i..View full abstract
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L.N. was supported by a University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship and D.S.F. was supported by the Australian Research Council (FT180100216) and the University of Melbourne. A.G.D. was supported by the Australian Research Council (DP160100161). We also thank Melissa Lam for her help in creating our figures.