How animals spend their day; eating, sleeping, and moving, and when they do it, varies between species.The mechanisms behind these patterns are poorly understood.
Knowing when and why different animals in a community are active is fundamental for conservation.
On the one hand the active period is when animals perform their ecological role. One the other hand, that is also the time when they are often exposed to risks, like hunting, and conflicts with humans and their activities.
Sifting through 2.3 million camera-trap photos of tropical mammals, an international team of researchers have found remarkable consistent patterns of daily activity across continents.
Dictated by size and diet
“The main determining…