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The amazing diversity of animal life – in pictures

The amazing diversity of animal life – in pictures | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The vast majority of animals with which we share our planet go almost unnoticed, eclipsed by bigger, more charismatic creatures
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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.


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Dolphins are attracted to magnets

Dolphins are attracted to magnets | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects.
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One scientist calls the largest marine sanctuary in the world a volcano of fish

One scientist calls the largest marine sanctuary in the world a volcano of fish | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
In the Pacific Ocean, west and south of Hawaii, is what was until recently one of the largest marine sanctuaries on earth. Now, however, it has been expanded — to nearly six times its original size. And scientists are thrilled.

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"Missing Links" Found Between Birds and Dinosaurs

"Missing Links" Found Between Birds and Dinosaurs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Flock to this: a new analysis of anatomical features show birds evolved gradually from dinosaurs
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An Orangutan Learns to Fish

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Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection

Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically...
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Call of the Orangutan: How to Follow an Orangutan | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network

Call of the Orangutan: How to Follow an Orangutan | Expeditions, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
In my previous post, I wrote about the first task in studying orangutan behavior: finding the animals. In this one I’ll explain the second major task: ...
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Optimistic dog or pessimistic dog? This study reveals all - Tech Times

Optimistic dog or pessimistic dog? This study reveals all - Tech Times | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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Marine Biologists Release Incredible Video Of A Borg-Like Sea Creature

"I can't believe that's a living thing!" declares one of the scientists watching this stunning underwater footage of a siphonophore. The creature is not just one organism, but several that collectively serve various functions such as locomotion and even preying for food.
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Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically

Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Portions of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are close to 5 degrees F warmer than average -- conditions that in the past have had a significant impact on Alaska fisheries. 

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"Unusual  species. . .?" An understatement

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The kindness of beast Mark Rowlands - Animal morality

The kindness of beast Mark Rowlands - Animal morality | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin: are humans the only moral beings after all?
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How 'unspecial' are you? What other animals have taught us about human uniqueness | animal-behaviour | Earth Touch News

How 'unspecial' are you? What other animals have taught us about human uniqueness | animal-behaviour | Earth Touch News | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Every time we think we have identified something that is unique to humans, careful observation of other animals reveals that it is not. (Culture, teaching and tool use - animals do it too!
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'Third eye' helps sea turtles sense changes in seasons

'Third eye' helps sea turtles sense changes in seasons | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Thin area of skull allows light into brain
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Simplicity of a dog's life challenged by research showing canines can be ... - The Independent

Simplicity of a dog's life challenged by research showing canines can be ... - The Independent | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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Sweet feat

Sweet feat | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Everything about hummingbirds is rapid. An iridescent blur to the human eye, their movements can be captured with clarity only by high-speed video.
Slowed down on replay, their wings thrum like helicopter blades as they hover near food.
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Adorable Drawings of Dog Breeds, Grouped By Their Place of Origin

Adorable Drawings of Dog Breeds, Grouped By Their Place of Origin | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dog breeds can be a complicated subject , but, for better or worse, humans have been doing it for a long time .
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How birds evolved from dinosaurs

How birds evolved from dinosaurs | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
"There was no moment in time when a dinosaur became a bird, and there is no single missing link between them," researcher says
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When David beats Goliath

When David beats Goliath | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Body size has long been recognized to play a key role in shaping species interactions, with larger species usually winning conflicts with their smaller counterparts.
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Yawning is contagious and a surprisingly common trait (suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.)

Yawning is contagious and a surprisingly common trait (suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning is a behaviour shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers said recently that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.


Perhaps empathy is present in more species than previously thought, said lead author Teresa Romero, a researcher from the University of Tokyo. “In wolves, as well as in primates and dogs, yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are close associates,” Romero said.


“These results suggest that contagious yawning is a common ancestral trait shared by other mammals and that such ability reveals an emotional connection between individuals.”




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The case against otters: necrophiliac, serial-killing fur monsters of the sea

The case against otters: necrophiliac, serial-killing fur monsters of the sea | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Otters are necrophilic, bestiality-inclined rapists and murderers who regularly kidnap children and spread swine flu.
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Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence?

Did Chimpanzees Just Reveal the Origins of Human Violence? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The scientific community is ablaze with new research on why animals kill one another.
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Counting fish teeth reveals regulatory DNA changes behind rapid evolution, adaptation

Counting fish teeth reveals regulatory DNA changes behind rapid evolution, adaptation | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Sticklebacks, the roaches of the fish world, are the ideal animal in which to study the genes that control body shape.
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A Young Girl Meets A Baby Gorilla At The Zoo. Watch What The Baby Does To Girl!

What an encounter!
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Elephant's play behavior - video compilation narrated by Joyce Poole - YouTube

This video is a compilation of ElephantVoices footage related to the article "Elephants Communicate in Sophisticated Sign Language, Researchers Say", written...
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Beautiful cat and owl have always been best friends. Just look at these then-and-now pics…

Beautiful cat and owl have always been best friends. Just look at these then-and-now pics… | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Brazilian biologist Andre Costa loves animals, and two particular animals especially — his cat and his owl. And, as it happens, they love each other, too.
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