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Golden Retriever puppy delighted to see toddler (VIDEO)

Golden Retriever puppy delighted to see toddler (VIDEO) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A 2-month-old Golden Retriever puppy is delighted to meet an 8-month-old baby who has come over for a visit!
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Bees, Like People, Can Be Fooled by False Memories

Bees, Like People, Can Be Fooled by False Memories | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Memory is a notoriously slippery ally. It’s alarmingly easy to purposely distort recall, even in people with the unusual ability to remember minute details, going back to childhood. Absent manipulation, it is still extraordinarily difficult to be a reliable witness. Studying faults in memory, though, can reveal how it functions—even in such seemingly simple organisms as bees.


The latest work, published in Current Biology, looks at how bees, like humans, can be prone to false memories. Previously, researchers had manipulated the electrical zings of specific mouse brain cells to give rodents a false memory of an event that never happened. But naturally occurring false memory hasn’t been shown in non-humans before. 


Honeybees and bumblebees are favorite subjects in the study of learning and memory because they rely on color, scent and taste to help them find flowers and, therefore, food. They forage, so they are also good at using sensory cues to map their surroundings. In the new study, U.K.-based researchers tested bumblebees’ false memory formation using differently colored fake flowers.


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Only ten midges needed to make a swarm

Only ten midges needed to make a swarm | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
High-speed cameras reveal when insects become self-organizing. 

To most people, a cloud of midges is an annoyance. To Nicholas Ouellette it is the key to a mysterious animal behaviour — the swarm.

Ouellette, who works on complex systems at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his colleague James Puckett, have found that swarms of these insects become self-organizing when their numbers reach just ten individuals.

Their paper, published on 13 August in Journal of the Royal Society Interface1, is part of a small but growing area of research producing data from real swarms to inform models of this behaviour.

Ouellette and Puckett set up laboratory colonies of Chironomus riparius midges, which live for only a few days after reaching adulthood and tend to fly only at dawn or dusk.

“A lot of people will say a swarm is just a whole bunch of insects,” says Ouellette. “I would like to say a swarm is somehow collective and self-organizing.”


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Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed

Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Thirteen million years ago, as many as seven different species of crocodiles hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru, new research shows.
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The Sex Lives of Slugs—and Other Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom

The Sex Lives of Slugs—and Other Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
People are not separate from the rest of the animal kingdom, author says.
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Crocodiles Play, Too, Study Says—Why Do Animals Have Fun?

Crocodiles Play, Too, Study Says—Why Do Animals Have Fun? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have documented several species of crocodile relatives playing—but scientists still don't know what animals get out of having fun.
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Genetic evidence shows loss of three basic tastes in penguins

Genetic evidence shows loss of three basic tastes in penguins | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A University of Michigan-led study of penguin genetics has concluded that the flightless aquatic birds lost three of the five basic vertebrate tastes—sweet, bitter and the savory, meaty taste known as umami—more than 20 million years ago and never...
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She Told The Chimp She Had Lost Her Baby. What The Chimp Did Next Was Heartbreaking

She Told The Chimp She Had Lost Her Baby. What The Chimp Did Next Was Heartbreaking | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
After reading this story you will understand how motherhood and loss are universal. Washoe, an exceptionally smart chimpanzee who knew sign
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Dogs can tell when you’re happy or upset, study shows

Dogs can tell when you’re happy or upset, study shows | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Science confirms what every dog owner has known in his heart: our canine friends can tell when we're happy or upset.
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Scientists measure bat populations in post-wildfire habitats

Scientists measure bat populations in post-wildfire habitats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Two NAU researchers are learning more about how bats are faring in the post-wildfire Ponderosa pine forests, of which 3.2 million acres have been scorched during the past decade.
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Dog walks 20 blocks to visit cancer-fighting owner in hospital

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Nancy Franck's dog walked 20 blocks alone from her home to visit Franck at a hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
One dog just couldn't wait until her cancer-fighting owner, Nancy Franck, got back from the hospital. So on Saturday, the Miniature...
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Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years

Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a...
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Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa

Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The early evolutionary history of monkeys in South America is cloaked in mystery. Long thought to have journeyed from Africa, evidence for this hypothesis was difficult to support without fossil data. A new discovery now unveils a key chapter of their evolutionary saga. The discovery of three new extinct monkeys from eastern Peru hints strongly that South American monkeys have an African ancestry.

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Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is

Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage.
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Rats Remember Who’s Nice to Them—and Return the Favor

Rats Remember Who’s Nice to Them—and Return the Favor | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Rats remember acts of kindness done by other rats, and are more helpful to individuals who previously helped them.
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Boy or girl? Lemur scents have the answer

Boy or girl? Lemur scents have the answer | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dozens of pregnancy myths claim to predict whether a mom-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl. Some say you can tell by the shape of a woman's bump, or whether she craves salty or sweet.
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Photographer Takes Portraits Of The World’s Hardest-Working Dogs

Photographer Takes Portraits Of The World’s Hardest-Working Dogs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The working dogs of the world tend not to get as much time in the spotlight as their house-pet brothers and sisters.
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Baby Sloth Eats Treats and Cuddles Caretaker - YouTube

Meet Paloma, the 6-month-old two-toed sloth. Her favorite treat is hibiscus flowers. Meet her cuteness up close in our Backstage Pass program. http://zoo.san...
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Rainbow cat collars may save birds

Rainbow cat collars may save birds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
It might resemble a flashback to early 90s fashion but a scrunchie-like collar cover could be the key to reducing the amount of wildlife your cat kills.
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Differences in feathers shed light on evolution of flight

Differences in feathers shed light on evolution of flight | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The asymmetrical flight feathers of their wings are among the most distinctive features of living birds. But how are these feathers actually constructed, and when did they first appear in evolutionary history?
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Peaches, The Cockatoo, Mimicking A Couple Arguing...Hilarious!! - YouTube

Peaches, The Cockatoo, Mimicking A Couple Arguing...Hilarious!! - YouTube | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Peaches, a Moluccan Cockatoo, was previously owned by a couple that had divorced. There must have been some heated arguments, as Peaches now mimics a couple arguing, even dramatically moving her head as if pointing aggressively at the other person. She is hilarious!
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Crocs love to have fun, study shows

Crocs love to have fun, study shows | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new study has revealed the fun-loving side of crocodiles; the reptiles, generally regarded as ferocious and aggressive, are reported to surf waves, play ball and engage in piggyback rides to have fun.
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Female pumas kill more, eat less when humans are near, study finds

Female pumas kill more, eat less when humans are near, study finds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Female pumas kill more prey but consume less when their territories bump into human development, UC Santa Cruz researchers report in a new study based on monitoring more than two dozen pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Fido knows whether you're happy or angry by your facial expression, according to a new study.
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Genomes of Darwin’s finches may explain the shape of human faces

Genomes of Darwin’s finches may explain the shape of human faces | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Team identifies gene responsible for beak shape
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