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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Photos: bizarre new mammal discovered in Vietnam

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A new species of omnivorous mammal has been found in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. A part of the weasel family, the new species is known as a ferret-badger, a strange subfamily of mammals that have been little-studied by researchers. Smaller than proper badgers, ferret-badgers have elongated faces and long bushy tails.
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Scientists solve reptile mysteries with landmark study on the evolution of turtles

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A team of scientists, including researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, has reconstructed a detailed "tree of life" for turtles.
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Boy moms more social in chimpanzees

Boy moms more social in chimpanzees | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Nearly four decades of observations of Tanzanian chimpanzees has revealed that the mothers of sons are about 25 percent more social than the mothers of daughters.
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New research from Albright faculty member suggests monkeys can understand their own actions

New research from Albright faculty member suggests monkeys can understand their own actions | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New research from Albright College’s Justin Couchman, Ph.D., shows that rhesus monkeys appear to have a sense of self-agency, or the ability to understand that they caused something to happen. This finding sheds light on the evolution of self-r
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Years of marine research sunk – because seals ate the evidence

Years of marine research sunk – because seals ate the evidence | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
When scientists began tagging wild fish to track their movements, the researchers thought they were the only ones listening to the acoustic signals.

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Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World

Russian Miner Captures Stunning Photos Of Foxes Living At The Edge Of The World | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
He may not be a professional wildlife photographer, but Ivan Kislov’s stunning pictures of foxes living in one of the world’s most remote regions are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Kislov is a mining engineer who works in Chukot...

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A nature photographer's dream: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society

A nature photographer's dream: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Julie Larsen Maher has what many wildlife photographers would consider a dream job: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit that runs five zoos and aquariums in New York City as well as numerous site-based field programs in the U.S. and overseas. As staff photographer, Maher helps tell the stories behind WCS's conservation work, which ranges from veterinary procedures with Bronx Zoo animals to working with local communities in remote parts of Zambia to protect wildlife.
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Mother's immunity linked to brain inflammation in monkeys - SFARI News

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Mother's immunity linked to brain inflammation in monkeys
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Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C..
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'Inner GPS' of bird brains may be better than that of humans

'Inner GPS' of bird brains may be better than that of humans | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to three neuroscientists for their pioneering work on the brain's 'inner GPS system'. Over the course of four decades, they revealed that a small part in the brain called the hippocampus stores a map of animals' surroundings and helps them ...
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Animals are smarter than you think.

Animals are smarter than you think. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
In 1977 Irene Pepperberg, a recent graduate of Harvard University, did something very bold. At a time when animals still were considered automatons, she set out to find what was on another creature's mind by talking to it.
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Sacred Matters | An Interview with Frans de Waal Part 1: Culture and Religion in Primates


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Do homing pigeons navigate with gyroscope in brain?

Do homing pigeons navigate with gyroscope in brain? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
No one knows how homing pigeons do it, but now a team of Swiss and South African scientists have discovered that the bird's navigation is affected by disturbances in gravity, suggesting that they navigate using a gravity map and that they may carry...
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'Rare' crab found off coast of Barmouth

'Rare' crab found off coast of Barmouth | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A 'rare' sponge crab has been found three miles off the coast of Barmouth.

The bizarre-looking crustacean was hauled up in the pots of lobster fisherman Richard Workman and has been donated to an aquarium.

The Blue Planet Aquarium says the crabs get their name because they hold living sponges, which they also cut to fit, on top of their shells as a way of camouflaging themselves from would-be predators.

Staff say they're more commonly seen off the West coast of Africa or in the Me

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Scientists solve reptile mysteries with landmark study on the evolution of turtles

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A team of scientists, including researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, has reconstructed a detailed "tree of life" for turtles.
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Giraffes under Threat: Populations Down 40 Percent in Just 15 Years

Giraffes under Threat: Populations Down 40 Percent in Just 15 Years | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
One of the world’s most iconic and beloved animals is quickly disappearing. Fifteen years ago about 140,000 giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) roamed the plains and forests of Africa.
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Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us

Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Thanks to recent advances in neuroscience, we now know what’s going on in the brain of a dog.
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Get in the water with Crocodiles!

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There is a very specific breed of divers, those who are travelling thousands of miles just to be able to dive with a certain species, usually with one of the big sharks living around the world. The...

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I Looked A Wild Polar Bear In The Eye

I Looked A Wild Polar Bear In The Eye | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Standing just a few feet away, I looked into the eye of a wild polar bear, scrawny and gaunt from going a summer without food. It felt like visiting Jurassic Park.
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One man's efforts to rescue killer whales

One man's efforts to rescue killer whales | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Jeff Foster used to take part in hunts to capture orcas; he now is involved in efforts to free killer whale held in Canary Islands.
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Fruit flies learn from others

Fruit flies learn from others | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Fruit flies do not always conform to the norm. When female fruit flies have to decide where to lay their eggs, they take their lead from what they see most others in their group do. However, some do take their personal preferences into account.
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Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths

Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Alejandro Plasencia has created biodegradable fishing nets and tracking tags for fishermen to prevent sea mammals getting trapped in lost trawling equipment

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Lauri's curator insight, November 18, 2014 10:56 PM

Finally a sensible solution.

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Why butterflies’ spots change from season to season

Why butterflies’ spots change from season to season | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A new study examines how the colorful insects escape their predators in different temperatures VIDEO
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Wolf hair reveals high stress levels in hunted population

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Tundra-taiga wolves may be more susceptible to disease and extinction
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Mongoose sentinels respond flexibly to threats

Mongoose sentinels respond flexibly to threats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Just as soldiers on sentry duty constantly adjust their behaviour to match the current threat level, dwarf mongoose sentinels exhibit flexible decision-making in relation to predation risk, new research from the University of Bristol has shown.
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