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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Baboons Use Yawns to Convey Social Messages

Baboons Use Yawns to Convey Social Messages | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Gelada baboons use three separate types of yawns, differentiated by the amount of teeth and gums showing, to demonstrate friendliness and aggression
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Cows make more milk when listening to R.E.M.

Cows make more milk when listening to R.E.M. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Stressed cows produce less milk. The solution? R.E.M.’s hit “Everybody Hurts,” at least according to a study by the University of Leicester.
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Wings, Tails, Fins: Study Looks At How Animals Propel Themselves

The wonder of animal movement - from the tiniest of insects to the largest fish in the sea - has been a subject of mystery for ages.
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Compassion Can Be Exhibited By Elephants

Compassion Can Be Exhibited By Elephants | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
People often reflexively put their arm around someone else in distress and a new study from researchers at Emory University in the journal PeerJ has found that elephants also console each other in times of need.


The researchers also found that elephants often responded to the signals of other elephants by adopting a similar body or emotional state -


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something known as an
“emotional contagion”

which may be a sign
of empathy.

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The researchers noted that their study was limited by the fact that it was restricted to captive animals.


“This study is a first step,” Plotnik said. “I would like to see this consolation capacity demonstrated in wild populations as well.”


by Brett Smith



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Dancing Animals Help Tell Us Why Music Evolved

Dancing Animals Help Tell Us Why Music Evolved | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
While investigating why and how music evolved in humans, researchers are finding that some animals can keep a beat.
    
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18 Things Only a Dog Owner Will Understand

18 Things Only a Dog Owner Will Understand | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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This Dog Was Tied To A Train Track. That Boy Has An Unfathomable Condition. Now Watch This.

This Dog Was Tied To A Train Track. That Boy Has An Unfathomable Condition. Now Watch This. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If there's a such thing as 'meant to be,' this is it.
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Watch a fisherman catch a fish that gets stolen by a killer whale

Imagine going on a fishing trip with your buddies. Beers are had. Jokes are tossed. Fish are caught.
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Evidence Points To Conscious 'Metacognition' In Some Nonhuman Animals

Evidence Points To Conscious 'Metacognition' In Some Nonhuman Animals | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A comparative psychologist who has conducted extensive studies in animal cognition says there is growing evidence that animals share functional parallels with human conscious metacognition -- that is, they may share humans' ability to reflect upon,...
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Not A Dog Person? Give Me 30 Seconds. You Will Be After This Ad Goes From Horrible To Heartening.

Not A Dog Person? Give Me 30 Seconds. You Will Be After This Ad Goes From Horrible To Heartening. | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs can do more than most people realize.
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With Their Amazing Necks, Ants Don't Need 'High Hopes' to do Heavy Lifting

With Their Amazing Necks, Ants Don't Need 'High Hopes' to do Heavy Lifting | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that the neck joint of a common American field ant can withstand astounding pressures. Similar joints might enable future robots to mimic the ant’s weight-lifting ability on earth and in space.

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Bees fight to a stalemate in the battle of the sexes

Bees fight to a stalemate in the battle of the sexes | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Just like humans, whether or not some genes are switched on in bumblebees is a result of a battle of the sexes between genes inherited from their mother and genes inherited from their father.
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When Cat Apologies Go Wrong

When Cat Apologies Go Wrong | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Wait for it... Wait for it...
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Asian Elephants Console Each Other When in Distress

Asian Elephants Console Each Other When in Distress | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Using trunks and vocalizations, elephants reassure one another when distressed
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Tigers refuse to eat man who offers himself as food

Tigers refuse to eat man who offers himself as food | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A 27-year old mentally disturbed Chinese man is fortunate two white Bengal tigers in a zoo enclosure had already been fed the day he decided to offer himself as food.
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Brave lioness takes on croc to protect cubs - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog

Brave lioness takes on croc to protect cubs - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Amazing images of a mother lion taking on a deadly crocodile to give her cubs a safe swim across a river in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
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If These Goats on a Steel Ribbon Don't Cheer You Up, Nothing Will

If These Goats on a Steel Ribbon Don't Cheer You Up, Nothing Will | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
  Adorable goats are making a run at cats and dogs in the world of adorable online animal videos. A playful attitude, a desire to perch and impressive balancing skills are a goat's keys to suc...
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Freed Cows Jump For Joy

Freed Cows Jump For Joy | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
After a lifetime of captivity, these cows are freed, their excitement can be seen as they literally jump for joy.
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Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives

Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Genome sequence reveals tantalizing clues to differences in behavior and intelligence between three species

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We're so jealous of this guy who got to hug a baby elephant

We're so jealous of this guy who got to hug a baby elephant | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
This isn't, as the internet claims, a picture of an orphaned elephant thanking her rescuer -- but it's ALL KINDS OF CUTE nonetheless.
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What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats

What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Ask a cat.
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Ronan The Sea Lion Proves Keeping A Beat Is Not Just A Human Ability

Ronan The Sea Lion Proves Keeping A Beat Is Not Just A Human Ability | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Ronan the sea lion can nod his head to a beat and new studies are exploring how widespread this ability is in the animal world.
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WTH?? You'll never believe this octopus' camouflage [Video]

WTH?? You'll never believe this octopus' camouflage [Video] | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
These masters of disguise never cease to amaze, especially in this video.
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What Bonobos Can Teach Us

What Bonobos Can Teach Us | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Bonobos share 98.7% of our DNA. Physically, they resemble chimpanzees. But something remarkable sets them apart from their primate cousins, making them an altogether different animal. Bonobos live in almost complete absence of violence; work cooperatively toward shared goals; foster a society that values equality; and engage in prolific casual sex. Could these gentle, promiscuous creatures hold the key to a world without war? Vanessa Woods, author of Bonobo Handshake, discusses what we might learn from our evolutionary relatives with anthropologist Brian Hare and NPR RadioLab’s Jad Abumrad.
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Husky Sings With Baby – Adorable!

Husky Sings With Baby – Adorable! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
This video of a dog imitating a baby appears on YouTube several times and is simply adorable. Typically described as: “10 month old Lexi singing with her dog Angel,” it seems impossible to track down the original creator of this video.
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