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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Why did humans evolve to be so fascinated with other animals?

Why did humans evolve to be so fascinated with other animals? | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
I like zoos. Really I do. I applaud today’s zoological parks for their increasing emphasis on naturalistic exhibits, their breeding programmes for endangered species, and their efforts to educate the public about wildlife conservation.
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Video shows cub on B.C. highway being saved by bear

Video shows cub on B.C. highway being saved by bear | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A young cub found itself in a dangerous situation in British Columbia this weekend.
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Orangutans Share Their Future Plans with Others

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The apes can draft a plan and communicate it with their troop
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This Bird Can Copy The Sound Of Everybody Including Human

This Bird Can Copy The Sound Of Everybody Including Human | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
What a Bird!!! Amazing LyreBird from Australia.
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This is how octopuses avoid tying themselves in knots

This is how octopuses avoid tying themselves in knots | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
By deactivating their suckers, a chemical in octopus skin stops the animal’s limbs getting in a twist The question arose – the way questions can in science – when the team was faced with a freshly dismembered octopus arm that eagerly clung to...
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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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Whaleopedia

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Awed by their size, intelligence, social nature, and on the precipice of understanding their way of life in a challenging habitat, we are fascinated by the cetaceans: whales, dolphins and porpoises — air-breathing mammals with which we feel such an unlikely kinship.

The great rise in popularity of whale watching in Hawaii, California, New England, and elsewhere around the world, bears eloquent witness to our desire to see and know more about these fascinating animals. Several species of great whales have been depleted to the point of near-extinction — for oil, fertilizer, pet food, and cosmetics — before we have learned as much about them as we have about the rarest and most protected of land mammals. In more recent years, threats such as prey depletion, vessel traffic, pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, sonar testing and climate change threaten their livelihood,  in addition to continued whaling and direct dolphin and porpoise kills. At least one species of dolphin, the Baiji, will probably soon go extinct from our shortsightedness, and there are doubtless other species, most likely the ziphiids, or beaked whales, that have yet to be discovered.

If we are to preserve the whales, dolphins and porpoises  — then we must learn more about their astonishing abilities — and weaknesses. It is to that greater knowledge and the hope for their survival that this website is dedicated.

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This Dog Raised By Cats Seems To Think She, Too, Is A Cat

This Dog Raised By Cats Seems To Think She, Too, Is A Cat | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
This dog, who is a dog, believes she is a cat. ...
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Canines’ Cancer-Sniffing Snouts Showing 90%-Plus Accuracy

Canines’ Cancer-Sniffing Snouts Showing 90%-Plus Accuracy | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Which is better at detecting cancer, a laboratory or a Labrador retriever?
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Family Cat Saves Toddler In Vicious Dog Attack (EPIC VIDEO)

Family Cat Saves Toddler In Vicious Dog Attack (EPIC VIDEO) | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
 
This is not political, but every now and then we see something that is so awesome we just have to post it!
Meet Tara – a Bakersfield, California family’s cat.
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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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