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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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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Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C..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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'Eyespots' in butterflies shown to distract predatory attack

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Research has demonstrated with some of the first experimental evidence that coloration or patterns can be used to 'deflect' attacks from predators, protecting an animal's most vulnerable parts from the predators most likely to attack them.

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Evidence that Killer Whales Are Trying to Communicate with Dolphins

Evidence that Killer Whales Are Trying to Communicate with Dolphins | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Humans are not the only creatures who try to imitate the sounds of other animals. It turns out that killer whales try to imitate dolphin clicks. But why?
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Of course, killer whales are also part of the dolphin family . . .

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Hungry pythons mean male possums live fast and die young

Hungry pythons mean male possums live fast and die young | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The study, led by researchers from the University of Western Sydney's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, along with researchers from the Australian National University, the University of Tasmania and James Cook University in Queensland,...
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Competitive bats use noises to ‘jam’ each other’s sonar when bug-hunting: scientists

Competitive bats use noises to ‘jam’ each other’s sonar when bug-hunting: scientists | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All’s fair in love and war – and also in mid-air bug hunting, if you’re a bat.
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Ultimate Slow Motion Bird Bath (European Starlings) - Slo Mo #10 - Earth Unplugged - YouTube

Ultimate Slow Motion Bird Bath (European Starlings) - Slo Mo #10 - Earth Unplugged - YouTube | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Slow motion birds in a bath... starlings that is! How do these characters get clean? And Chris from Earth Juice makes an appearance, using his beard as a fee...

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, October 28, 8:25 PM

Really good video showing how these birds bathe.

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One man's efforts to rescue killer whales

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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, 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

Wolf hair reveals high stress levels in hunted population | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
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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Hermit Crabs Line Themselves Up From Biggest To Smallest To Swap Shells

Hermit Crabs Line Themselves Up From Biggest To Smallest To Swap Shells | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Seriously, HERMIT CRABS FORM ORDERLY QUEUES. In height order. To more efficiently trade shells. I, for one, welcome our new crustacean bureaucrats.
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The cat's meow: Genome reveals clues to domestication

The cat's meow: Genome reveals clues to domestication | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Cats and humans have shared the same households for at least 9,000 years, but we still know very little about how our feline friends became domesticated. An analysis of the cat genome by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.
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Underwater monks and vampire squid: the bizarre beasts of Opulent Oceans  in pictures

Underwater monks and vampire squid: the bizarre beasts of Opulent Oceans  in pictures | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Drawn from 500 years of archives in the library at the American Museum of Natural History, this book documents the often fantastical creatures that were believed to be living in the depths of the sea be they horses with webbed feet or stunningly...
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Migratory birds, fish, and mammals granted new UN protection status

Migratory birds, fish, and mammals granted new UN protection status | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of “intense” talks by leading conservationists.
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Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats

Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
After many generations, rats bred for their bad attitude behave differently from those selected for a calm demeanor around humans.
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Inside the Colourful World of Animal Vision

Inside the Colourful World of Animal Vision | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Due to differences in visual systems, not all animals see the world in the same way.
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