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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Journal Club: Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful

Journal Club: Hummingbirds: still evolving endless forms most wonderful | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
SUMMARY: A new study finds that the rising Andes are tied to the rapid speciation of hummingbirds. This study also predicts that hummingbirds will evolve twice as many species as what we see today.
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'One of the most magical things' Incredible pictures shows whale blowing a rainbow

'One of the most magical things' Incredible pictures shows whale blowing a rainbow | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
THIS is the magical moment a whale blows a rainbow into the air.

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I'm Dying. This Video About The Octopus Is HILARIOUS!

I'm Dying.   This Video About The Octopus Is HILARIOUS! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
YouTube poster ZeFrank is famous for his hilarious (but true!) True Facts About Animals series, and now he’s back with a video on what’s perhaps the strangest animal of all: the octopus. I knew a couple of these facts, but most of them… wow! What the?!? I’m pretty sure ZeFrank would make the most interesting [...]
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After Their Ducklings Disappeared, They Assumed The Worst. Never Expected THIS!

After Their Ducklings Disappeared, They Assumed The Worst. Never Expected THIS! | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Something AMAZING happened instead.
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Octopus Vs. Jar | I Fucking Love Science

Octopus Vs. Jar | I Fucking Love Science | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
There are about 300 known species of octopus, and they are quite possibly the most intelligent invertebrates. Some species are able to change color at will to blend in with their surroundings when threatened, and some will even change their shape to mimic other animals to save themselves. Other octopuses have shown rudimentary tool use by arranging discarded shells as shelters. 
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Raven Empathy « Life « Science Today

Raven Empathy « Life  « Science Today | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New research shows that ravens may feel empathy.


Empathy, like many other traits, was long thought to be a human-specific feature. But recent research has revealed that animals from chimpanzees to dogs to rats can feel empathy.


Frans de Waal, PhD, one of the leading researchers in animal behavior and the author ofThe Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, has said, "The possibility that empathy resides in parts of the brain so ancient that we share them with rats should give pause to anyone comparing politicians with those poor, underestimated creatures."


Last week, two Austrian researchers found evidence of empathetic behavior in another creature, ravens.


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First Major Genetic Study of Elusive South African Dolphin Reveals a Species in Peril

First Major Genetic Study of Elusive South African Dolphin Reveals a Species in Peril | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
In 1828, in a short paper in the journal Spicilegia Zoologica, British zoologist John Edward Gray reported six “new and undescribed” marine animals, among them a small dolphin found off...
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Therapy dog helps US troops deal with stress

Therapy dog helps US troops deal with stress | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield.
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The deep, beautiful, tragic shared history of whales and humans

The deep, beautiful, tragic shared history of whales and humans | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Whales' natural habitats are increasingly threatened. A look at our past reveals what we're in danger of losing
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Forget The Flea Circus, Bees Can Do All The Tricks | Not bad science, Scientific American Blog Network

Forget The Flea Circus, Bees Can Do All The Tricks | Not bad science, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
When we think of animals doing tricks, we're likely to think of dogs

















or maybe even a parrot



















But you probably didn't think of bumblebees. However, check out ...
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Whales hear us more than we realize

Whales hear us more than we realize | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known.
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Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network

Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
We can't really ask an octopus to count backward from 10. Which is just one of the tricky things about putting an octopus under.

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The Ultimate Proof That Keeping Orca Whales In Captivity Is Monstrous

The Ultimate Proof That Keeping Orca Whales In Captivity Is Monstrous | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The oldest known orca whale was spotted this past weekend off the coast of British Columbia. Named "Granny," the grand matriarch is estimated to be 103 years-old.
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Scotland wild beaver reintroduction trial 'an outstanding success'

Scotland wild beaver reintroduction trial 'an outstanding success' | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Ecologists say four pairs of beavers have produced 14 young, transformed the landscape and boosted tourism in Knapdale

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Squirrel plays with man’s hand on the back deck

Squirrel plays with man’s hand on the back deck | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
At first, you’ll think this is guy is foolish…and very lucky compared to what could happen in close contact with a squirrel… But then you learn that he actually raised this squirrel and then set it free into the wild…where it now lives on his back...
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The Incredible Physics of Ants | ScienceTake |The New York Times - YouTube

Subscribe on YouTube: http://bit.ly/U8Ys7n ScienceTake: They can flow like a liquid and bounce back like a solid. Masses of fire ants show a duality that int...

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Social networking study reveals four-year ‘Game of Thrones’-like chimpanzee war

Social networking study reveals four-year ‘Game of Thrones’-like chimpanzee war | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Scientists at Duke University have applied complex social networking programs to peer into the mysteries of a vicious four-year war that took place between tribes of chimpanzees at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park.
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Empty the Tanks; One Woman's Dream Resonates Worldwide

Empty the Tanks; One Woman's Dream Resonates Worldwide | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
If you take Gandhi's statement, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," and blend it with Mother Theresa's "If you want to change the world, pick up a broom." you will have Rachel Carbary's formula for creating a su...

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In Bees, A Hunt for the Roots of Social Behavior [Slide Show]

In Bees, A Hunt for the Roots of Social Behavior [Slide Show] | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
By comparing the genomes of social and solitary bees, scientists hope to uncover the basis for communal behavior
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Dolphin food habits distinguish genetic line

Dolphin food habits distinguish genetic line | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that use sponges as hunting tools are eating different foods to those who do not and the unique behaviour could have shaped the genetic makeup of the population, according to two new studies at Shark Bay.
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My Life Changing Experience with a Baby Sea Lion - YouTube

A day at sea that I will never forget!!!

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Can Dogs Smell Cancer?

Can Dogs Smell Cancer? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs are trained to accurately smell cancer. In many cases, dogs are more accurate than traditional diagnostic equipment in early detection.
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Does Your Dog Know What Sex You Are From The Sound of Your Voice? | Not bad science, Scientific American Blog Network

Does Your Dog Know What Sex You Are From The Sound of Your Voice? | Not bad science, Scientific American Blog Network | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
After glancing at the people in the photo above, what did you think? Perhaps you just thought 'four people', or 'older people', but it's likely if ...
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Rock climbing bears are more impressive than rock climbing humans

Rock climbing is hard. Even for bears. Just watch this cub try to follow his Mama Bear in scaling this mountain side. There are times you think he might fall, there are times he's going down the wrong path but he eventually figures it out.
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