LIU Post Biology professor Bill Schutt is featured in a new TED-Ed lesson that uses the format of featuring the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.

Click here to see the TED-Ed lesson.

The lesson is based on Dr. Schutt’s work exploring cannibalism in the animal kingdom, which was the subject of his book, “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.”

Until recently, scientists thought cannibalism was a rare response to starvation or other extreme stress. Well-known cannibals like the praying mantis and black widow were considered bizarre exceptions. But now we know they more or less represent the rule. Dr.  Schutt shows how cannibalism can promote the survival of a species by reducing competition, culling the weak, and bolstering the strong.

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