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  • Great Apes Know When You're Wrong
    Great Apes Know When You’re Wrong
    Posted in: Mammals

    Humankind’s closest relatives are proving that not only can they recognize when a human believes something that’s false, but that they will often help correct that false belief. A recent study1 done by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany tested for this advanced level of theory of mind in great apes (Orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos). Theory […]

  • animals smarter than humans
    Animals That Can Outsmart Humans
    Posted in: General, Main

    Comparing animal cognition to our own is tricky business. Animals have differently tuned senses and use them in sometimes radically different ways than we do. In some cases, there simply is no commeasurability. Yet, there are still situations in which we can sensibly demonstrate […]

  • can dogs tell time?
    Can Dogs Tell Time?
    Posted in: Mammals

    Many dog owners say that it seems like their dogs “just know” when family members usually come home, or even when other routine events are about to take place (such as going out for a walk). Yet, if dogs can’t read clocks or count hours, how is this possible? […]

  • Bonobo Female Coalition Brutality
    Bonobos Make Love AND War
    Posted in: Mammals

    There is a common misconception that bonobos never fight; if tensions are running high, they have sex or rub their genitals together and everything’s just peachy. But bonobos do fight and they do form coalitions to support one another in aggressive interactions. […]

  • Horse communication with humans
    How do Horses Communicate with Humans?
    Posted in: Mammals

    When asked to think about how horses and humans communicate with each other, most people would likely conjure up the classic image of a rider on horseback, steering with reins and giving a kick to signal “Go!”. In this picture, the human is the communicator, the horse the receiver. The animal is expected to obey […]

  • pheasant cognition & personality
    Bird-Brained Behaviour: Pheasant Cognition
    Posted in: Birds

    Dr. Joah Madden studies pheasants, a type of bird frequently seen in the British countryside. How many of us have driven down a country lane with one of them zig-zagging a few feet in front of the car’s wheels for what feels like miles? We bellow “Look, there’s a gap in the hedge there! It’s […]

  • altruism in chimpanzees
    Altruism in Chimpanzees
    Posted in: Main, Mammals

    In 2005, Drs. Felix Warnecken and Michael Tomasello conducted a study on altruism in human infants and chimpanzees.1 Altruism is taking action to help someone else, even when that action won’t be reciprocated or otherwise benefit oneself. To put it simply, altruistic actions are motivated purely by the desire to […]

  • Malinois Dog Running Through Water
    How Dogs Perceive Human Faces
    Posted in: Mammals

    When you have dogs, it’s easy to see that human faces are important to them. Surely, you’ve probably noticed the countless times in a day that your dog looks at your face: in the park, on the couch, when you are playing together. It’s very likely that dogs are the ultimate “human-stalker”, as they can […]

  • Primate Eyes
    Do animals have “Ah ha!” moments?
    Posted in: General, Main

    Do you know the feeling when you’ve been struggling with something for ages and suddenly the solution dawns on you? Eureka! What you’ve just done constitutes insight, the ability to use a mental representation of a problem and draw on past experience and knowledge to solve it. Are humans the only species that can do this? […]

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List of Animals That Have Passed the Mirror Test
Posted in: General, Main

The mirror test was developed by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr.1 in 1970 as a method for determining whether a non-human animal has the ability of self-recognition. It’s also known as the “mark test” or “mirror self-recognition test” (MSR). When conducting the mirror test, scientists place a visual marking on an animal’s body, usually with scentless paints, […]

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Altruism in Chimpanzees
Posted in: Main, Mammals

In 2005, Drs. Felix Warnecken and Michael Tomasello conducted a study on altruism in human infants and chimpanzees.1 Altruism is taking action to help someone else, even when that action won’t be reciprocated or otherwise benefit oneself. To put it simply, altruistic actions are motivated purely by the desire to […]

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