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It’s the Year of the Rooster in More Ways than One!

In case you haven’t been reading your Chinese placemats lately, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. And we are kicking the year off with a new …

"Voiceless" - A Blue Freedom Film - Official Documentary 2016

Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal

Ever stare out into space and look for signs of intelligence? Well, we should be looking right here on Earth, primatologist Frans de Waal argues in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” (He’ll discuss it at a Smithsonian Associates event Wednesday.)<p>For centuries, …

Animals

Paper Concludes Pigs Are Behaviorally, Cognitively, Emotionally Complex Individuals

With intriguing descriptions of the abilities of pigs, a new white paper concludes that “pigs are not very different from the dogs and cats we share …

Summary of Workshop on Interspecies Communication

In this event, a group of interdisciplinary scientists will participate in a SETI colloquium to summarize and discuss a two-way workshop held to …

Lori Marino: Dolphin Brains: An Alternative to Complex Intelligence in Primates

Crows, smarter than you think | John Marzluff | TEDxRainier

The Language of Wolves

<b>Vocalizations</b><p><b>Body Language</b><p><b>The Chemistry of Scent</b><p><b>Posture:</b><p>High-ranking wolves carry themselves erect and may even place their heads on top of a …

The girl who gets gifts from birds

<b>Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.</b><p>Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, …

Crows Understand Analogies

People are fascinated by the intelligence of animals. In fact, cave paintings dating back some 40,000 years suggest that we have long harbored keen …

Still Think Humans are the Most Intelligent Animals? Here’s Why Whales and Dolphins Have us Beat

In the book <i>The Dynamic Human</i>, it is argued by a group of researchers from the University of Adelaide that humans aren’t the brightest crayons in the …

An Orangutan Learns to Fish | The New Yorker

In 1990, while visiting a research camp in central Borneo, the primatologist Anne Russon saw an orangutan nicknamed Supinah attempt to make fire. Supinah sauntered toward an ashy fire pit, picked up a stick glowing with embers, and dipped it into a nearby cup full of liquid. Russon thought that the …

Animals

Fish Rival Chimpanzees in Forming Cooperative Relationships

Fish are known to be intelligent, emotional, and clearly sentient beings. Now, a new and very significant experiment shows that coral trout actually …

Chimp vs human! - Working Memory test - Extraordinary Animals - Earth

Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition

When you do not know the answer to a question, say, a crossword puzzle hint, you realize your shortcomings and devise a strategy for finding the …

Man and Dolphin in France (english subtitles)

Orangutan Asks Girl for Help in Sign Language

Darwin and Meat | james

<i>I published a version this piece almost three years ago in the Atlantic.com but wanted to repost because a) I find myself even more wedded to its</i> …

What Can Crows and Ravens Teach People About Resisting Temptation?

By now you probably know about Walter Mischel's famous 1972 marshmallow task, which used the tasty snacks to measure impulse control in children. …

Are Pigs as Smart as Dogs and Does It Really Matter?

<b>People care about who they eat</b><p>An essay by David Crary on YAHOO News with the catchy title "Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question" caught my …

Orangutan from Borneo photographed using a spear tool to fish

Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Carel observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while …

Big Cats Aren't The Natural Born Killers We Think They Are

[This is an excerpt of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's new book, "Beasts: What Animals Can Tell Us About Human Nature."]<p>According to Jared Diamond in the …

What Dogs Can Teach Us About Loving Other Animals

In a relationship that's older than recorded history, our canine companions have been instrumental in shaping humanity's concepts of loyalty and …

Elephants Are Warning Each Other About Us

As poaching rates have spiked in recent years, humans have emerged as African elephants' biggest threats -- a fact that clearly isn't lost on them. …

The ‘Let’s Go’ Rumble!

Posted by RussellTenofsky on Friday, February 28, 2014 · 4 Comments<p>How do you tell an elephant it’s time to leave the watering hole? Apparently you …