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Bonobos May Have Greater Linguistic Skills Than Previously Thought

Bonobos May Have Greater Linguistic Skills Than Previously Thought | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
What happens when linguistic tools used to analyze human language are applied to a conversation between a language-competent bonobo and a human?
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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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

Nuthatch Empire | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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

The media's growing interest in how animals think | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
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Dogs help with therapy sessions - Killeen Daily Herald

Dogs help with therapy sessions - Killeen Daily Herald | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs help with therapy sessions Killeen Daily Herald “Autism assistance dogs are a new type of therapy and these animals are specially trained to provide emotional support for special needs children,” said Renaud, director of the Animal Assisted...
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Understanding parallels of human and animal parenting can benefit generations to come

Understanding parallels of human and animal parenting can benefit generations to come | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Strong evidence now shows that human and animal parenting share many nervous system mechanisms. Better understanding this biology could lead to improved social development, benefiting generations of humans and animals to come.
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Irene Pepperberg (Animal Cognition Scientist) | NOVA scienceNOW

Funding for NOVA ScienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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New study takes the shine off magpie folklore

New study takes the shine off magpie folklore | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Magpies are not attracted to shiny objects and don't routinely steal small trinkets such as jewelry, according to a new study.
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Incredible Sea Lion Birth Captured on Video

Incredible Sea Lion Birth Captured on Video | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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


.By Jyoti Madhusoodanan |


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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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I Was SO Nervous When This Squirrel Jumped Onto The Cat's Back! I Can't Believe What Happened Next!

I Was SO Nervous When This Squirrel Jumped Onto The Cat's Back! I Can't Believe What Happened Next! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
It wasn’t until I saw this video that I realized how perfect cats and squirrels can be together. This is like a match made in playdate heaven!!
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Bats Bolster Brain Hypothesis

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A new study on how bats use echolocation lends support to the temporal binding hypothesis and could also have positive implications for new technology development.
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Dolphin adopts new calf - New Zealand Herald

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Dolphin adopts new calf
New Zealand Herald
A bottlenose dolphin thought to have lost its calf after becoming stranded in the Kerikeri Inlet five years ago has adopted a baby of another species.
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