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How smart is your dog? - Indian Express

How smart is your dog?
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Back then he was a sophomore at Emory University, in Georgia, US, studying animal psychology with Michael Tomasello. Tomasello was ...
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Better Living through Conservation Genetics

Better Living through Conservation Genetics | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
DNA can help guide the conservation of rare species

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A rare glimpse at the elusive saharan cheetah

A rare glimpse at the elusive saharan cheetah | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Research by scientists and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Zoological Society of London, and other groups published today in PLOS ONE shows that critically endangered Saharan cheetahs exist at incredibly low densities...
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The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf.
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Bill Nye Talks to Dogs and Explores the Lessons of Canine Evolution | Big Think

The Science Guy returns to Big Think to discuss dogs, evolution, and racial myths.
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Learning From Animal Friendships

Learning From Animal Friendships | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Interspecies interactions are all over YouTube. Yes, they’re cute, but are they useful to scientists?

Among other things, researchers say, the alliances could add to an understanding of how species communicate, what propels certain animals to connect across species lines and the degree to which some animals can adopt the behaviors of other species.


“There’s no question that studying these relationships can give you some insight into the factors that go into normal relationships,” said Gordon Burghardt, a professor in the departments of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, who added that one video he liked to show students was of a small and persistent tortoise tussling over a ball with a Jack Russell terrier.

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Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too?

Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

By Kimberly M. Aquilina 

Self-awareness and language are two traits that scientists would say make us human, along with a sense of compassion or empathy, according to Scientific American.


Empathy is defined by Dutch primatologist and ethologist as Franz de Waal as, "the capacity to be affected by and share the emotional state of another, assess the reasons for the other's state and identify with the other, adopting his or her perspective."  

How do we measure empathy in animals?


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Do Dolphins Grieve?

Do Dolphins Grieve? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Marine biologists observed dolphins carrying their dead at the surface. Could this be a sign of grieving?
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5 Reasons Why Great White Sharks are the Blackberry of the Seas | Deep Sea News

5 Reasons Why Great White Sharks are the Blackberry of the Seas | Deep Sea News | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The following post is authored by Lindsay Gaskins as part of the Sizing Ocean Giants project. This post originally occurred on the Story of Size. Source:

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Un zoo en China lleva a los visitantes enjaulados y a los animales en libertad

Un zoo en China lleva a los visitantes enjaulados y a los animales en libertad | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Un zoológico en China lleva a los visitantes en jaulas en un recorrido en el que son atacados por animales en libertad
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How gerbils orient in the light of the setting sun

How gerbils orient in the light of the setting sun | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A light brown remains light brown: For gerbils, the fur color of their conspecifics appears identical under different lighting conditions. The ability of color constancy in rodents has been demonstrated for the first time by Munich neurobiologists.
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Baby Tortoises Found On Galapagos Island For First Time In Over 100 Years

Baby Tortoises Found On Galapagos Island For First Time In Over 100 Years | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.

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Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt

Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A head-mounted camera shows how a bird of prey chases down its prey.
The post Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt appeared first on WIRED.
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Rare "living fossil" shark caught in Australia

Rare "living fossil" shark caught in Australia | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The 300-toothed frilled shark is one of the most primitive sharks on Earth, dating back 80 million years
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A playful baby elephant and an uncomfortably close view of a crocodile’s jaws are included in this week’s round-up of the best images from the natural world

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Researchers find social lifestyle also helps mole rats live a long time

Researchers find social lifestyle also helps mole rats live a long time | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers based at New York University has found a second explanation for the long lifespan of naked mole rats—their social networks.
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Seems like having a large social network is good for the naked mole rats....for humans too, breadth and depth of social connection affects everything from happiness levels to health!

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Orangutans take the logging road

Orangutans take the logging road | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new discovery by a Simon Fraser University doctoral student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, published in Oryx, demonstrates that orangutans may be even more adaptable than he first thought.
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Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals?

Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Animal shelter workers are responsible for lives every day. Those difficult decisions that no one wants to make clash with their innate empathy, compassion and love for animals, and can lead to:

Sleepless nights
Nightmares
Alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional “numbing”
Feelings of guilt
Depression


by Jessica Ramos


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Chimps learn social behaviour from each other

Chimps learn social behaviour from each other | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
  • Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, showed chimpanzees learn kindness by watching each other
  • Claim it's the first evidence children and chimps share traits of altruism
  • In the experiment, pairs of chimps, monkeys, children and adults chose whether or not to reward each other with treats
  • Study found that adults did but monkeys and young children didn't
  • Children and chimps learned kind behaviour off more generous individuals

...Monkey see, monkey don't: The study revealed that capuchin monkeys (stock image shown) and young children didn’t display any prosocial traits in certain situations. But some children who failed to display kindness, showed generous behaviour after watching other kinder children.


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Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube

Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
People are not the only animals who yawn, or who catch yawns from each other; dogs and chimps even catch human yawns. It may have to do with empathy, which s...

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Kidnapped Ethiopian girl rescued by caring, protective lions

Kidnapped Ethiopian girl rescued by caring, protective lions | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A 12-year-old girl kidnapped in Ethiopia was found several days after her abduction, safe under the watchful eyes of three lions.

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Apparently This Scientist Can Speak Chimpanzee And It's Kind Of Amazing

Apparently This Scientist Can Speak Chimpanzee And It's Kind Of Amazing | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Educate yourself for once.
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Bad reputation of crows demystified

Bad reputation of crows demystified | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
In literature, crows and ravens arebad omens and are associated with witches. Most people believe they steal, eat other birds' eggs and reduce the populations of other birds.
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Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind

Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Scientists are relying more heavily on environmental DNA, shed in an animal’s habitat, to track rare or endangered species.


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The hidden beauty of pollination - Louie Schwartzberg

The hidden beauty of pollination - Louie Schwartzberg | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

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