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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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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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9 questions about penguins you were too embarrassed to ask

Today is Penguin Awareness Day. Truth be told, this is an incredibly silly holiday. We should be honoring this majestic beast every day of our lives. Alas, we have just Penguin Awareness Day in January and World Penguin Day in April.
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Dog-human cooperation is based on social skills of wolves, scientists show

Wolves are at least as tolerant and socially attentive as dogs.

Dogs are man's best friend and partner. The origins of this dog-human relationship were subject of a study by behavioural scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna and the Wolf Science Center. They showed that the ancestors of dogs, the wolves, are at least as attentive to members of their species and to humans as dogs are. This social skill did not emerge during domestication, as has been suggested previously, but was already present in wolves.
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Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior

Silk-weaving ant study sees new behavior | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A James Cook University Professor's study of silk-weaving ants is promising to change our understanding of how all creatures work together.
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Every Week I Photograph Cats At The Largest No-kill Cat Sanctuary In California (700+ Cats)

Every Week I Photograph Cats At The Largest No-kill Cat Sanctuary In California (700+ Cats) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The Cat House on the Kings is the largest no-kill, no-cage cat sanctuary in California, housing over 700+ cats on a 12 acre property right alongside the Kings River in Parlier, CA. Each week, as a regular volunteer, I get the chance to help photograph cats, kittens, and even some puppies to help bring awareness to the sanctuary and aid in the adoption of the animals.
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Topography a blueprint for wildlife conservation

Topography a blueprint for wildlife conservation | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A study of predator hotspots has found that rugged landscapes attract predators, both at sea and on land.
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A beautiful starling murmuration

A beautiful starling murmuration | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If you like starling murmurations you'll get a mental orgasm with this stunning video filmed by Alpacamedia in Utretch, Netherlands. Just sit back, take it to full screen, hit play, and the rest of the world will fade away while you watch thousands of birds dance to a mysterious silent song.

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Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death

Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Masha the long-haired kitty climbed into a box left outside and kept an abandoned baby warm for several hours
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A ghost crab, ‘kissing’ seals and the return of Oregon’s wolves feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world

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Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo

Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Seattle's public transit system has had a ruff go of things lately, and that has riders smiling.

You see, of the 120 million riders who used the system last year, one of them is actually a dog. Seattle's KOMO-TV reports the 2-year-old black Labrad...
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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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Can Spiders Count?

Can Spiders Count? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Golden orb-web spiders (Nephila clavipes) are sit and wait hunters that accumulate prey larders on their webs. These larders are sometimes stolen by other spiders. If prey items are removed from their webs, golden orb-web spiders search for them.
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Caring and sharing is monkey business

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Chimpanzees, much like children, can learn to be kind by observing and experiencing the kindness of others, according to new research by the University of St Andrews.
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New research finds Takahe have African cousins

New research finds Takahe have African cousins | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New research from Massey University suggests that our Takahē have African cousins and that our Pūkeko are getting friendly with their Australian counterparts.
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An up-close encounter with killer whales, on video

An up-close encounter with killer whales, on video | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A California paddle boarder got a rare meeting with a pod of wild orcas off Laguna Beach, capturing the whole experience on his GoPro
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This Lion Was Bored So They Threw Him A Toy. They Were Thrown Off By What He Did

This Lion Was Bored So They Threw Him A Toy. They Were Thrown Off By What He Did | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
I've never seen an animal do this, let alone a lion!
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How Whales Change Climate | George Monbiot

How Whales Change Climate | George Monbiot | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

The astonishing story of how whales keep the oceans alive – and alter the composition of the atmosphere.

 

Written and narrated by George Monbiot. Produced and directed by SustainableHuman.


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the ecosystem cascade effect

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Evil cannibal squirrels could make California's drought less terrible

Evil cannibal squirrels could make California's drought less terrible | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Farmers hate Belding's ground squirrels. But they may be an essential piece of the state's ecosystems.

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The goats fighting America's plant invasion

The goats fighting America's plant invasion | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar - a mixture of powerful chemicals and diggers. But in the US a new weapon has joined the armoury in recent years - the goat.

In a field just outside Washington, Andy, a tall goat with long, floppy ears, nuzzles up to his owner, Brian Knox.

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Squid uses luminescent bacteria to match moonlight welling down from above to cancel out its own shadow

Squid uses luminescent bacteria to match moonlight welling down from above to cancel out its own shadow | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

The aquarium looks empty, but there is something in it. A pair of eyes stick out from the sandy floor, and their owner is easily scooped up into a glass bowl. At first, the creature looks like a hazelnut truffle — small, round and covered in tiny flecks. But with a gentle shake, the flecks of sand fall off to reveal a female Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes), about the size of a thumb. As she jets furiously around the bowl, discs of pigment bloom and fade over her skin like a living pointillist painting.


There are no other animals in the bowl, but the squid is not alone. Its undersides contain a two-chambered light organ that is full of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. In the wild, their luminescence is thought to match the moonlight welling down from above and cancel out the squid's shadow, hiding the animal from predators. From below, the squid is invisible. From above, it is adorable. “They're just so beautiful,” says Margaret McFall-Ngai, a zoologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “They're phenomenal lab animals.”


Few things excite McFall-Ngai more than the partnership between the bobtail squid and V. fischeri — and that is after studying it for more than 26 years. Over that time, she has shown that this symbiotic relationship is more intimate than anyone had imagined. She has found that the bacterium out-competes other microbes to establish an entirely faithful relationship with one host. It interacts with the squid's immune system, guides its body clock and shapes its early development by transforming its body.




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