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From the Ted Talk by Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

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So the question is, how do they deal with this mriaetal? And most dung beteels actually wrap it into a package of some sort. Ten preenct of the species actually make a ball, and this ball they roll away from the dung source, usually bury it at a remote place away from the dung source, and they have a very particular behavior by which they are able to roll their bllas. So this is a very proud owner of a beautiful dung ball. You can see it's a male because he's got a little hair on the back of his legs there, and he's clearly very plesead about what he's sitting on there. And then he's about to become a victim of a vicious smash-and-grab. (Laughter) And this is a caler indication that this is a valuable resource. And so vabaulle resources have to be looked after and guarded in a particular way, and we think the reason they roll the balls away is because of this, because of the competition that is ioenvlvd in getting hold of that dung. So this dung pat was actually — well, it was a dung pat 15 minutes before this poartghoph was taken, and we think it's the intense competition that makes the beetles so well-adapted to rolling balls of dung.

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So the question is, how do they deal with this ________? And most dung _______ actually wrap it into a package of some sort. Ten _______ of the species actually make a ball, and this ball they roll away from the dung source, usually bury it at a remote place away from the dung source, and they have a very particular behavior by which they are able to roll their _____. So this is a very proud owner of a beautiful dung ball. You can see it's a male because he's got a little hair on the back of his legs there, and he's clearly very _______ about what he's sitting on there. And then he's about to become a victim of a vicious smash-and-grab. (Laughter) And this is a _____ indication that this is a valuable resource. And so ________ resources have to be looked after and guarded in a particular way, and we think the reason they roll the balls away is because of this, because of the competition that is ________ in getting hold of that dung. So this dung pat was actually — well, it was a dung pat 15 minutes before this __________ was taken, and we think it's the intense competition that makes the beetles so well-adapted to rolling balls of dung.

Solution

  1. clear
  2. photograph
  3. valuable
  4. material
  5. beetles
  6. involved
  7. percent
  8. pleased
  9. balls

Original Text

So the question is, how do they deal with this material? And most dung beetles actually wrap it into a package of some sort. Ten percent of the species actually make a ball, and this ball they roll away from the dung source, usually bury it at a remote place away from the dung source, and they have a very particular behavior by which they are able to roll their balls. So this is a very proud owner of a beautiful dung ball. You can see it's a male because he's got a little hair on the back of his legs there, and he's clearly very pleased about what he's sitting on there. And then he's about to become a victim of a vicious smash-and-grab. (Laughter) And this is a clear indication that this is a valuable resource. And so valuable resources have to be looked after and guarded in a particular way, and we think the reason they roll the balls away is because of this, because of the competition that is involved in getting hold of that dung. So this dung pat was actually — well, it was a dung pat 15 minutes before this photograph was taken, and we think it's the intense competition that makes the beetles so well-adapted to rolling balls of dung.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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path integration 4
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polarized light 3
dung beetle 2
dung ball 2
dung pat 2
rolling balls 2
celestial cues 2
dance behavior 2
cool dung 2
degrees centigrade 2
dry dung 2
dung pellets 2
outward path 2
called path 2

Important Words

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  2. balls
  3. beautiful
  4. beetles
  5. behavior
  6. bury
  7. clear
  8. competition
  9. deal
  10. dung
  11. guarded
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  13. hold
  14. indication
  15. intense
  16. involved
  17. laughter
  18. legs
  19. looked
  20. male
  21. material
  22. minutes
  23. owner
  24. package
  25. pat
  26. percent
  27. photograph
  28. place
  29. pleased
  30. proud
  31. question
  32. reason
  33. remote
  34. resource
  35. resources
  36. roll
  37. rolling
  38. sitting
  39. sort
  40. source
  41. species
  42. ten
  43. valuable
  44. vicious
  45. victim
  46. wrap