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Study: Brain Region Tied to Empathy in Humans Equally Present in Other Primates | Untrodden Ground

Study: Brain Region Tied to Empathy in Humans Equally Present in Other Primates | Untrodden Ground | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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The part of the human brain that is linked to mankind’s unique sense of empathy also grows to the same scale in an array of other primates, according to a new study.

The findings, which came as a surprise to researchers, don’t suggest chimpanzees will be getting talk shows anytime soon. Instead the study shows that “the difference between us and great apes is incremental,” said lead researcher Amy Bauernfeind, a GW doctoral candidate. “That, in fact, we’re just seeing an expansion of an already present pattern that exists in primates.”

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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Crows understand water displacement at the level of a small child: Show causal understanding of a 5- to 7-year-old child

Crows understand water displacement at the level of a small child: Show causal understanding of a 5- to 7-year-old child | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New Caledonian crows may understand how to displace water to receive a reward, with the causal understanding level of a 5- to 7-year-old child. Understanding causal relationships between actions is a key feature of human cognition. However, the extent to which non-human animals are capable of understanding causal relationships is not well understood. Scientists used the Aesop's fable riddle -- in which subjects drop stones into water to raise the water level and obtain an out-of reach-reward -- to assess New Caledonian crows' causal understanding of water displacement.
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Dolphins Share Their Own Cultural Memes

Research reveals that dolphins not only have their own culture, but also are capable of sharing their own cultural memes with other dolphin groups. As part of a highly intelligent order of marine a...
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10 most endangered (and unique) birds on the planet

10 most endangered (and unique) birds on the planet | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Some are clumsy (kakopo), others majestic (Christmas Island frigatebird), all are fighting for their survival
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With bear attacks on the rise, biologists study their every move

With bear attacks on the rise, biologists study their every move | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Biologists in Connecticut are hoping to educate the public about how to live in harmony with their wild neighbors
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Dog ownership benefits families of children with autism, researcher finds

Dog ownership benefits families of children with autism, researcher finds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Many families face the decision of whether to get a dog. For families of children with autism, the decision can be even more challenging. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, ...
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How Smart Is That Doggy in the Window? - TIME

How Smart Is That Doggy in the Window? - TIME | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it


The Duke Canine Cognition Center is one of the world's most prestigious dog laboratories, but you'd never know it from the looks. Located at ...

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Sky Vets Perform Incredible Rescue To Save Wild Lioness (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Sky Vets Perform Incredible Rescue To Save Wild Lioness (GRAPHIC VIDEO) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Warning: This video contains graphic images of a lion injured by a buffalo.
Whether you love wild animals or just enjoy stories with happy endings, this incredibly powerful and inspirational video is for you.
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A Tiger Cub And A Chihuahua Play Together At An Exotic Animal Sanctuary In Brazil.

A Tiger Cub And A Chihuahua Play Together At An Exotic Animal Sanctuary In Brazil. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Aryas Borges rescued two abused tigers from a circus in 2005, and he quickly grew close to the animals. Starting an improvised exotic animal sanctuary in Maringa, Brazil, here you can see a tiger cub playing with a Chihuahua named "Little".
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People and Dogs: A Genetic Love Story – Phenomena

People and Dogs: A Genetic Love Story – Phenomena | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Here's a possibly true story about the first friendly dog. It's dusk on a human settlement some ten thousand years ago. After a long day of farming, a family gathers around a campfire. They're kick...
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The remarkable self-organization of ants

The remarkable self-organization of ants | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Knowing the rules behind ant-made structures could help scientists understand how other systems emerge in natureOriginal story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org, whose...
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Zoo Officials Say "Ringleader" Chimp Used 6-Foot-Long Log To Escape

Zoo Officials Say "Ringleader" Chimp Used 6-Foot-Long Log To Escape | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The Africa section of the Kansas City Zoo is closed after reports of chimps that have escaped from their exhibit.
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Jaguar - Fiercest Cat of the Americas | Animal Pictures and Facts | FactZoo.com

Jaguar - Fiercest Cat of the Americas | Animal Pictures and Facts | FactZoo.com | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Jaguar - Largest cat of the Americas with a crushing bite, stalk and ambush hunter of the rainforests.
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Animal Consciousness (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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Top 10 Endangered Animals - Top10Zen

Top 10 Endangered Animals - Top10Zen | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The world is home to some truly awe-inspiring and beautiful creatures. Sadly however, some of these unique species are threatened by a number of forces such as loss of habitat, poaching and climate change.
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Male monkey cares for dying partner

Male monkey cares for dying partner | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

"A wild male marmoset has been seen and filmed embracing and caring for his dying partner.

The female accidentally fell from a tree in the forests of Brazil and the male comforted her as she lay dying.

Such behaviour is "astounding", say scientists, having only been previously recorded in primates among chimpanzees and humans.

The marmosets were the dominant pair in their group, having been committed partners for three-and-a-half years.

Within months of the female's death, the male left the group, never to return.

Details of the extraordinary interaction are published in the journalPrimates, along with a video recording the behaviour."


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Study shows climate change disrupts natural relationships between species

Study shows climate change disrupts natural relationships between species | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A collaborative study released today involving scientists from the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has shown that climate change is altering species distributions and populations, seemingly through shifting interactions between...
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Cod may serenade females with rhythmic grunts

Cod may serenade females with rhythmic grunts | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Male cod may 'sing' to females during mating, suggests a new study investigating the sounds cod and pollack produce during the spawning season.
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First-Ever Video of Critically Endangered Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkeys | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

First-Ever Video of Critically Endangered Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkeys | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Here's something you don't see every day: video footage of the critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri), a species that was only discovered in 2010.

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Best Friends in the Crib - Baby and Boston Terrier Dog (Video)

Best Friends in the Crib - Baby and Boston Terrier Dog (Video) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Here is a video showing best friends in a baby's crib. The Boston Terrier Dog wants to be near his best friend!
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LOOK: Lioness Has Incredible Encounter With Baby Baboon

LOOK: Lioness Has Incredible Encounter With Baby Baboon | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
We all know nature is a brutal place. But sometimes, you never know what's going on behind the eyes of some of the world's biggest carnivores.

During a 16-day tour of Botswana, photographer Evan Schiller captured a gripping interaction between a ...
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Wonderful Indonesia - Kiluan Bay: Getting Up Close with Dolphins in Lampung

Wonderful Indonesia - Kiluan Bay: Getting Up Close with Dolphins in Lampung | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The herds of wild dolphins diving freely beneath the crystal sea, coupled with sandy white beaches against a backdrop of a clear blue sky are key elements representing the unabridged natural beauty of Kiluan Bay.Though 10 years ago Kiluan was relatively unheard of, even among the locals of the province, this beautiful and tranquil spot now attracts tourists from around Indonesia and abroad. The gulf is located in Kiluan Village in the District of Tanggamus in Lampung Province, South Sumatra.

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Ocean wonders: 10 Wonderful TED Talk Videos: Worthy Watch

Ocean wonders: 10 Wonderful TED Talk Videos: Worthy Watch | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Dive into the unexplored universe beneath the waves: the beautiful, fragile (and sometimes terrifying) world of the ocean.... http://www.ted.com/playlists/7/ocean_wonders

 

 


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Ecoclimax: Do we underestimate chimpanzees?

Ecoclimax: Do we underestimate chimpanzees? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Chimpanzee Ayumu can perform memory tasks that most humans quite simply find impossible. With only a one in 362,000 chance of getting the right answer by accident, it is clear that Ayumu has a very special mind.

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Beaver Pups Build Tiny Dams | Baby Animal Zoo

Beaver Pups Build Tiny Dams | Baby Animal Zoo | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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Ecoclimax: Coconut crab

Ecoclimax: Coconut crab | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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