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Prosocial capacities shared by humans and other species: empathy, reciprocity, altruism, bonding, play, tool use, communication
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Scientists measure bat populations in post-wildfire habitats

Scientists measure bat populations in post-wildfire habitats | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Two NAU researchers are learning more about how bats are faring in the post-wildfire Ponderosa pine forests, of which 3.2 million acres have been scorched during the past decade.
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Dog walks 20 blocks to visit cancer-fighting owner in hospital

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Nancy Franck's dog walked 20 blocks alone from her home to visit Franck at a hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
One dog just couldn't wait until her cancer-fighting owner, Nancy Franck, got back from the hospital. So on Saturday, the Miniature...
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Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years

Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a...
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Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa

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The early evolutionary history of monkeys in South America is cloaked in mystery. Long thought to have journeyed from Africa, evidence for this hypothesis was difficult to support without fossil data. A new discovery now unveils a key chapter of their evolutionary saga. The discovery of three new extinct monkeys from eastern Peru hints strongly that South American monkeys have an African ancestry.
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Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is

Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage.
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Why Some Dogs Hate Snow

Why Some Dogs Hate Snow | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
As we discussed, there are many reasons why dogs love snow, but then... You look down at your own dog. A wonderful companion. Loved and loving.
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Sciencespeak: Cricoarytenoideus – Phenomena: Laelaps

Sciencespeak: Cricoarytenoideus – Phenomena: Laelaps | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
American alligators are chatty reptiles. They start out their lives chirping for their mother's help as they push themselves out of their eggs, and, as they grow up, the knobbly archosaurs communic...
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VIDEO: Mind Blowing Octopus Camouflage

VIDEO: Mind Blowing Octopus Camouflage | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The above footage highlights just how amazing octopus camouflage can really get. I’m not really sure what species this is, but I assume it’s either a mimic octopus, or somethng closely related.
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South Side researcher seeks more crowdfunding to make pets live longer

South Side researcher seeks more crowdfunding to make pets live longer | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

As a research scientist, Jonathan W. Jarvik recently decided to do something different. For funding, he decided to seek small donations from many rather than one large grant from the likes of the National Institutes of Health.


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Sheep Forgets How To Sheep, Frolics With Dogs Instead

Sheep Forgets How To Sheep, Frolics With Dogs Instead | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The sheep in Scotland are really going to the dogs.

Well, just one sheep in particular, named "Pet," who was orphaned as a lamb and brought up by four border collies in Ullapool, Ross-shire.

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Pets improve social skills in children with autism, MU researcher finds - The Maneater

Pets improve social skills in children with autism, MU researcher finds - The Maneater | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Carlisle’s findings suggest a variety of pets besides dogs may have similar impacts on social skills.

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From Mega to Mini: Tracing Surprising Animal Connections

From Mega to Mini: Tracing Surprising Animal Connections | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
A Grevy’s zebra takes a stroll in front the rolling hills and rising sun in Laikipia District, Kenya (Photo by Theresa Laverty) Two and a half years after my last stint living in Africa, I find myself returning to the field where the megaherbivores...
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Fossils from heart of Amazon provide evidence that South American monkeys came from Africa

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For millions of years, South America was an island continent. Geographically isolated from Africa as a result of plate tectonics more than 65 million years ago, this continent witnessed the evolution of many unfamiliar groups of animals and plants.
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Fascinating albeit short article on how monkey fossils found in South America have their roots in Africa. Seems the fossils have an age of approximately 36 million years and the two continents were not connected at that time. So how did those monkeys make the trip from Africa to South America? One of the archeologists has a theory that they were transported to South America via an intense storm that originated in Africa. The monkeys were blown into the water and survived the trip on a platform of vegetation, and/or trees that were knocked down during the storm. Favorable currents led them to the coast of South America where they have thrived ever since. The key was finding three molars that identified strongly with a species in Africa. I find it incredible that this happened and no doubt altered the evolutionary story of South America, especially in the rain forests. What would have developed if not for these monkeys, an invasive species, coming over from Africa. Which species never made it because of Darwin's natural selection theory? Geography is a moving target, even continents thousands of miles apart are connected....

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Female pumas kill more, eat less when humans are near, study finds

Female pumas kill more, eat less when humans are near, study finds | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Female pumas kill more prey but consume less when their territories bump into human development, UC Santa Cruz researchers report in a new study based on monitoring more than two dozen pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Fido knows whether you're happy or angry by your facial expression, according to a new study.
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Genomes of Darwin’s finches may explain the shape of human faces

Genomes of Darwin’s finches may explain the shape of human faces | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Team identifies gene responsible for beak shape
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Crocodiles just wanna have fun, too

Crocodiles just wanna have fun, too | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we'd ever dream.
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Scientists reveal rapid New Zealand penguin extinction and arrivals

Scientists reveal rapid New Zealand penguin extinction and arrivals | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
An international research team led by scientists from the University of Otago's Department of Zoology has documented one of the most rapid biological transition events ever found.
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Researchers have traced the evolution of glowing shrimp

Researchers have traced the evolution of glowing shrimp | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it

FIU researchers have traced the evolution of bioluminescence in deep-sea shrimps.


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Meet the Poop-Sniffing Dogs That Are Saving Endangered Wildlife

Meet the Poop-Sniffing Dogs That Are Saving Endangered Wildlife | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Dogs have excellent schnozzes. This we know, thanks to the proliferation of K-9 drug sniffers and bomb-detecting squads.
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"Organs-on-a-Chip" Aims to Eliminate Animal Testing from Drug Research

"Organs-on-a-Chip" Aims to Eliminate Animal Testing from Drug Research | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Imagine a future when promising drugs won't take a decade to develop, when early success more often translates to later adoption, and when we no longer need to rely on animal testing. After decades...

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The Social Genius of Animals

The Social Genius of Animals | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
New research reveals that animals interact in surprisingly sophisticated ways
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Study suggests similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do

Study suggests similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
The more scientists study pigeons, the more they learn how their brains—no bigger than the tip of an index finger—operate in ways not so different from our own.
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Kitten Meets Ducklings In Fuzzy Frenzy, Clearly Wasn't Ready For The Cuteness Overload

Kitten Meets Ducklings In Fuzzy Frenzy, Clearly Wasn't Ready For The Cuteness Overload | animals and prosocial capacities | Scoop.it
Ready for an all-out assault on the adorbs-meter?

Watch this curious kitten climb into a crate of ducklings.

Fuzzy cuteness unfolds as the baby ducks swarm and nuzzle. The kitty seems to get a bit overwhelmed, but a human hand appears to keep t...
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