Einstein - The Smallest Horse In The World. Dolphins ‘talk’ like humans + efforts at a translator. Posted by Anonymous on September 8, 2011.
Elephant Makes a Stool—First Known Aha Moment for Species. In an apparent flash of insight, a young Asian elephant in a zoo turned a plastic cube into a stool—and a tool—a new study says.
That eureka moment is the first evidence that pachyderms can run problem-solving scenarios in their heads, then mentally map out an effective solution, and finally, put the plan into action, researchers say. Video: Kandula the Elephant's Aha Moment Correction to video title: Action shown is not first instance of Kandula exhibiting this behavior. During the study seven-year-old Kandula was eager to reach a cluster of fruit attached to a branch that was suspended from a wire, just out of reach. After some apparent thought, the young male rolled a large plastic cube under the branch and stepped up to snatch the treat with his trunk—a feat he repeated several times over multiple days with the cube and with a tractor tire. (Related: "How Smart Are Planet's Apes?
Dolphin hunts with electric sense. Posted by Anonymous on July 27, 2011 A South American dolphin is the first “true mammal” to sense prey by their electric fields, scientists suggest.The researchers first showed that structures on the animal’s head were probably sensory organs, then found it could detect electric fields in water.Electroreception is well known in fish and amphibians, but until now the only mammal example was the platypus.Writing in the Royal Society’s journal Proceedings B, the scientists say other cetaceans may show the same ability.The Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) lives around the east coast of South America, and resembles the much more common bottlenose variety.Like all of the toothed cetaceans, it hunts and locates using sound.But the researchers have now shown that at close range, it can also sense electrical signals.They are not as sensitive as sharks and rays, but can detect signals of the same size as those produced in water when fish move their muscles.
Psychedelic frog comes back from the deads. FOR NEARLY 90 YEARS the only testament to the existence of the Bornean rainbow toad - pictured above - were a few sketches of the weird spindly legged creature penned in 1924 by the European explorers who discovered it.
Since then the animal had never been seen again, leading many to believe it had become extinct, and the IUCN placed it on their list of the 'World's Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Frogs'. But after an 87-year wait, the psychedelic amphibian (Ansonia latidisca) has been spotted once more - and this time photographed in exquisite detail. According to Conservation International, which released the images this week, three of the toads were discovered last year in the dense forest of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Dr. Indraneil Das of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, led an expedition in mid-2010 to explore the 1,300m-high ridges of the Gunung Penrissen range of Western Sarawak, which forms a natural border with the Indonesian part of Borneo. iGoogle: Get Spider on your Google homepage. A spider widget! Full Size Photo. BBC Nature - Lizard has problem-solving skills.
13 July 2011Last updated at 08:33 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature. Gorilla is given a video camera, awesomeness ensues. We aren't the only species that has caused the extinction of others, and in fact we're not the only lifeform in Earth's history that has caused massive, global changes in environment sufficient to cause extinction on a global scale.
There will probably be others after us, too. That's just nature. If anything were the only species that are trying to save engendered species not just wipe them out completely. That's a pretty good point. It goes both ways with humans. This is the first ever photo of a fish using tools. Because people are uncomfortable about eating intelligent beings. even though they are so delicious. also i guess they are afraid that they actually might be less intelligent than another animal I am not if it smart enough to use a tool than how come it couldn't get away from being on my plate then?
Because skepticism is the default position of any and all scientists. What we think of as intelligent behaviors may not actually be intelligence at all. July Fourth tragedy: Dolphins 'carried Luis Arturo Polanco Morales' body to shore' By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 09:02 GMT, 6 July 2011 July Fourth weekend ended in tragedy for one family when a man drowned after being caught in an undertow.
The body of 47-year-old Luis Arturo Polanco Morales, of Denham Springs, was found by authorities about ten to 15 feet from the shore line. At first they believed the tide had washed Mr Morales up but witnesses to the sad event at Grand Isle, Louisiana, reported the body had been carried to shore by dolphins. Scroll down for video Did they help? Tragic: Mr Morales, a young girl and another man had been fishing on rocks in Grand Isle when the girl fell in, left, while right, dolphins are often spotted off the shoreline at the beach Washed up: Grand Isle Fire Chief, Aubrey Chaisson, gestures to where Mr Morales' body was found drifting about ten to 15 feet out to sea Could be: For Cesar Zuniga, a holidaymaker from McAllen, Texas, reports of dolphins bringing the body to shore is credible.
BBC Nature - Chimp recognises synthetic speech. 7 July 2011Last updated at 00:37 By Matt Walker Editor, BBC Nature Panzee, a chimp with a talent for words A talented chimpanzee called Panzee can recognise distorted and incomplete words spoken by a computer, scientists have discovered.
That suggests that apes may be more capable of perceiving spoken sounds than previously thought, and that the common ancestor of humans and chimps may also have had this ability. Black macaque takes self-portrait: Monkey borrows photographer's camera. By Daily Mail Reporter Created: 10:08 GMT, 4 July 2011 To capture the perfect wildlife image, you usually have to be in exactly the right place at precisely the right time.
But in this instance, David Slater wasn’t there at all and he still got a result. Visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, award-winning photographer Mr Slater left his camera unattended for a while. It soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity. How humpback whales catch prey with bubble nets. Marine biologist David Wiley of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others report in the latest issue of Behaviour how humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine catch prey with advanced water technology.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are large baleen whales (up to 14 m long) that feed on a small prey in dense concentrations, such as krill or herrings. Humpbacks whales have large flukes relative to their size providing greater thrust for quick maneuvers. While other baleen whales feed by swimming rapidly forward, humpbacks are adapted for fine-scale movement to create bubble nets. Orangutan saves drowning chick. A visitor to US zoo, captured moment when a 15 stone ape mounted a delicate rescue of the young bird, tenderly lifting it from the water using a leaf.The curious ape was in its enclosure, when it noticed the bird’s struggle in the pondIt yanked a leaf from a nearby bush and extended its arm out to the bird, beckoning to the chick in the hope that it will latch onto the leaf.Onlookers cheered as orangutan managed to get the bird to grip the leaf for a split second only to have the bird drop again.In a last-ditch attempt to rescue the chick, the orangutan gently waved the leaf in front of the bird which managed to latch on to it.The ape plucked the bird from the water to the delight of the crowd.
See the video on Telegraph. I found it moving. Who can say this is not a demonstration of empathy, gentleness and kindness? Dolphins use double sonar. Posted by Anonymous on June 7, 2011 Dolphins and porpoises use echolocation for hunting and orientation. By sending out high-frequency sound, known as ultrasound, dolphins can use the echoes to determine what type of object the sound beam has hit. Researchers from Sweden and the US have now discovered that dolphins can generate two sound beam projections simultaneously. Animals. Embryotic Similarities.
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