Fleeing from predators, White-tailed Deer tend to stay on level ground and they are disadvantaged on rough terrain, whereas the stotting
gait of Mule Deer helps to overcome obstacles in hilly terrain and facilitates ascending steep slopes where predators may lag behind (Geist 1998).
Scarfe's poem begins: Tyne Dock stirs as the knocker-up Fettles the brass and joggles on Stotting
through dingy dawn..."
STOT Next time you say the rain is stotting
, it's worth bearing in mind you might be using a Scandinavian word meaning "to thrust" or "to push", or else a Dutch word meaning "to bounce" or "rebound".
While these "reasons" are not internally "represented" by either the evolutionary process or by the organisms themselves, Dennett argues (via the example of gazelles' "stotting
") that they are nevertheless crucial to offering successful evolutionary explanations.
The name comes from the practice of 'stotting
', or bouncing, the newly baked cake on the kitchen floor: if it does bounce it shows it to be the correct texture.
Bounding vertically like a bouncy ball, a male impala starts frantically stotting
, a display to deter potential attackers, indicating he's being chased, most likely by a pack of wild dogs.
in Thomson's gazelles: an honest signal of condition.
It ran like a whitetail and then tried stotting
, as well," said Richardson.
On account of how it is a stotting
great pounds 353.
I got away with that one but it was considerably harder when walking down Buchanan Street in Glasgow and he spots a Santa stotting
around with a bottle of whisky in his hand.
Likewise a stotting
gazelle jumps high in the air to show that it has seen and can confidently outrun an approaching predator.
In Geordie dialect, what would you be doing if you were stotting