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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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Chemical Signals: Sexual Attraction, Pheromones And Being Ready At The Right Time

Chemical Signals: Sexual Attraction, Pheromones And Being Ready At The Right Time | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

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Image vs. Reality: What You Didn't Know About Sharks - Blog - Georgia Aquarium

Image vs. Reality: What You Didn't Know About Sharks - Blog - Georgia Aquarium | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
August 14, 2014

Image vs. Reality: What You Didn't Know About Sharks

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Evolution’s Contrarian Capacity for Creativity - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Evolution’s Contrarian Capacity for Creativity - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

One can imagine life evolving again and again, crashing on the rocks of time and circumstance, until finally it hit upon just the right mutation rate—one that eons later would produce organisms and species and ecosystems.

 

 


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Could Wolves Understand Empathy?

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Could wolves feel empathy? A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that just like humans and other types of dogs, these creatures are also susceptible to yawn contagion.

With yawning contagion, scientists from the University of Tokyo, Japan, actually believe that these animals may be capable of understanding others in the pack.

Previous studies have shown that contagious yawning is experienced in domestic dogs who also witness their owners yawning.


However, up until now, scientists were uncertain of how the phenomenon rooted in the evolution of mammals or whether it evolved due to domestication.
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Incredible Sea Lion Birth Captured on Video

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On a National Geographic expedition to the Galápagos Islands, travelers witnessed something extraordinary: the birth of a sea lion. Even while in labor, the mother was unfazed by the presence of humans, delivering her pup on the beach with a nuzzle, a nudge, and a playful gnaw.Click here to learn more about the Galápagos Islands expedition.Click here to see more video highlights from the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet of expedition ships traveling around the globe.

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Birdbooker Report 334-5

Birdbooker Report 334-5 | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts.
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Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine

Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.


Like humans, chimpanzees possess a capacity to unconsciously dilate their pupils to match those of a conspecific, according to research published last week (August 20) in PLOS ONE. The results suggest this involuntary action likely evolved to help humans and chimps communicate sympathy and strengthen social bonds within groups.


In face-to-face interactions, people often involuntarily imitate each other’s facial expressions, eye blinks, or pupil size to convey empathy.


These physical cues help communicate emotions to both individuals in the interaction, facilitating trust and cooperation within groups. But precisely when and how these signals evolved isn’t clear


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Zombie Ant Fungi ‘Know’ Brains of Their Hosts

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A new study reports a parasitic fungus emits a number of behavior controlling chemicals when it encounters the brains of ants.
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Record sightings of whale species off Irish coast - Independent.ie

Record sightings of whale species off Irish coast - Independent.ie | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
IRELAND is gaining a reputation as one of the best countries on the planet for whale-watching after record numbers of validated sightings of three different species in recent weeks arou

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First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Checklist spotlights regions needing urgent conservation actions
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How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe'

How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe' | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans.
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Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition

Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Evidence suggests that humans are not the only animals that can think about thinking
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This Hyperactive Acid Trip Is Actually Birdsong Visualized

Australian artist Andy Thomas recently built a visualizer for birdsongs, the latest in his fascinating line up of so-called "audio life forms." As the term implies, these gorgeous creations look like the sounds they represent and react accordingly.
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Five New “Flying Monkeys” Identified in Amazon

Five New “Flying Monkeys” Identified in Amazon | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Five species of acrobatic monkey that have long flown under the scientific radar have been named in South America.
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Scientists Cannot Explain This Crazy Ant Behavior, but They Love It

Scientists Cannot Explain This Crazy Ant Behavior, but They Love It | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Forget swarms of nanobots taking over the world—if something is going to band together to rise against humans my money is on ants. Look at this video of them forming a chain to move something way bigger than any individual ant.
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Flapping baby birds give clues to origin of flight

Flapping baby birds give clues to origin of flight | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their "arms" to get aloft?
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Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Breeding for dependence, not cooperation, may have driven initial dog domestication
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Sickly reefs smell bad to baby coral and fish - Futurity

Sickly reefs smell bad to baby coral and fish - Futurity | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Damaged coral reefs give off chemical cues that repulse young coral and fish, discouraging them from moving into the neighborhood.

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Is Dog Barking the Result of Human Artificial Selection?

Is Dog Barking the Result of Human Artificial Selection? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The Basenji also called the Congo Terrier is native to the Central African forest. Since ages he is used by the pygmies (thought to be the oldest of all humans) to hunt lions. Therefore the basenji is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.
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Nuthatch Empire

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Today I'd like to focus on passerine birds again, and this time on a group that I don't think I've ever blogged about before: the certhioids.
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The Strange World of Koko, Kanzi, and the Decline of Ape Language Research

The Strange World of Koko, Kanzi, and the Decline of Ape Language Research | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Last week, people around the world mourned the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. According to the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California, we were not the only primates mourning. A press release from the foundation announced that Koko the gorilla—the main subject of its research on ape language...
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How hummingbirds evolved to detect sweetness

How hummingbirds evolved to detect sweetness | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Hummingbirds' ability to detect sweetness evolved from an ancestral savory taste receptor that is mostly tuned to flavors in amino acids.
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Dog swims with dolphins (Soundtrack: Miike Snow 'Animal') - YouTube

Visit http://www.earth-touch.com to see more. Kira is an ordinary dog with extraordinary habits: she swims with wild dolphins. Watch the magical dog-and-dolp...

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Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration

Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them.
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The media's growing interest in how animals think

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The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
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