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Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration) | Octopus Chronicles Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration) | Octopus Chronicles Octopus uses empty shells to hide; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Nick Hobgood Elephants cooperate to solve problems. Chimpanzees teach youngsters to make tools. Even octopuses seem to be able to plan. So should we humans really be surprised that “consciousness” probably does not only exist in us?
Bonobo genius makes stone tools like early humans did - life - 21 August 2012 Video: Watch this bonobo go to all ends to get food Kanzi the bonobo continues to impress. Not content with learning sign language or making up "words" for things like banana or juice, he now seems capable of making stone tools on a par with the efforts of early humans. Bonobo genius makes stone tools like early humans did - life - 21 August 2012
Video: Gorillas have their own baby talk "Do you want to play wiv mummy? Wocka-wocka-woo?" Goo-goo-gorillas have their own kind of baby talk - life - 01 June 2012 Goo-goo-gorillas have their own kind of baby talk - life - 01 June 2012
Chimp Groups Have Cultural Differences | Evolution of Tool Use & Culture | Chimpanzees Like humans who might use a different slang term for "that's cool" or have distinct fashion sense, adjacent chimpanzee groups also show cultural differences, in this case, in their nut-cracking techniques, researchers have found. "In humans, cultural differences are an essential part of what distinguishes neighboring groups that live in very similar environments," study researcher Lydia Luncz, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, said in a statement. "For the first time, a very similar situation has been found in wild chimpanzees living in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, demonstrating that they share with us the ability for fine-scale cultural differentiation." Chimp Groups Have Cultural Differences | Evolution of Tool Use & Culture | Chimpanzees
A bowhead whale breaches. Photo: Kate Stafford The haunting sounds of bowhead whales, which sing their songs under Arctic ice through long, dark polar winters, have been recorded in unprecedented detail. The recordings reveal a vocal repertoire every bit as rich as better-studied humpback and sperm whales, and hint at complex social organizations and lifestyle patterns hidden until now by the bowheads’ extreme remoteness. “We know relatively little about bowhead whales. Listen: The Rare, Beautiful Songs of Bowhead Whales | Wired Science Listen: The Rare, Beautiful Songs of Bowhead Whales | Wired Science
Mothers Teach Chimp Kids 'Words' | Social Learning | Chimpanzee Vocalizations Mothers Teach Chimp Kids 'Words' | Social Learning | Chimpanzee Vocalizations Captive chimpanzees learn from their mothers to call out to humans, new research suggests. Those chimps raised by their moms were also most likely to use similar calls, from lip-smacking to blowing kisses. This teaching from mother to child is an example of "social learning," which played an important role in the development of human culture and language.

Personality Might Be Genetically Encoded in Bee Brains Tagged foraging bee, image courtesy of Zachary Huang/beetography.com Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are more than cookie-cutter drones, workers, foragers and queens. They might have individual personality differences similar to our own, according to new research. After studying hives—both in the wild and in the lab—and analyzing genetic and biochemical profiles of bees’ brains, researchers have found that some bees, like some humans, seem to be programmed to seek out new experiences, or novelty. Forager bees are in charge of gathering food outside of the hive, but not all of these bees, it seems, are inclined to strike out and go exploring for new flowers. Only a subset of them—some five to 25 percent—actively scout out new pollen sources. Personality Might Be Genetically Encoded in Bee Brains
Terrifying photos reveal first ever evidence of bears using tools
Female bonobos have gay sex to improve their social status
The World's Weirdest Animals
What it feels like to be surrounded by 2000 leaping dolphins
Alex the Parrot's Posthumous Paper Shows His Mathematical Genius From Nature magazine Even in death, the world's most accomplished parrot continues to amaze. The final experiments involving Alex — an African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) trained to count objects — have just been published. They show that Alex could accurately add together two Arabic numerals to a sum of eight and the total number of objects under three cups, putting his mathematical abilities on par with (and maybe beyond) those of chimpanzees and other non-human primates. The work appears in the journal Animal Cognition. Alex the Parrot's Posthumous Paper Shows His Mathematical Genius
A Testudo tortoise and its large erect penis. Of the many unlikeable and inaccurate stereotypes maintained about animals in popular consciousness, among the most frustrating is what I term “old man turtle”. This is the idea that turtles (by which I mean, all members of Testudines) are like decrepit, weak, bony little old men housed inside a box. It’s not fair, and it’s not at all accurate. Here we look at just one aspect of turtle anatomy. Terrifying sex organs of male turtles | Tetrapod Zoology Terrifying sex organs of male turtles | Tetrapod Zoology
Elephants' deepest calls can thunder up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) away. Now, researchers have learned for the first time how the massive animals produce these sounds. It turns out that they do it in the same way that humans talk, pushing air through their vocal cords to make them vibrate. Elephants can go much lower than humans, however, because their vocal cords are eight times longer. "The sounds the elephants make are off the piano keyboard," said study researcher Christian Herbst, a voice scientist at the University of Vienna, Austria. In fact, at less than 20 hertz in frequency, the main components of these ultra-deep calls aren't detectable to the human ear. Secret to Elephants' Thundering Calls Discovered | Vocal Cords & Voice Secret to Elephants' Thundering Calls Discovered | Vocal Cords & Voice
Descripción[editar] El tamaño normal de esta especie varía entre 3 y 4 cm de largo.[2] [3] En su parte dorsal presenta una coloración azul plateada, ventralmente un azul pálido. Posee rayas azules oscuras o negras a lo largo del pie. Tiene un cuerpo troncocónico aplanado con seis apéndices que se ramifican en rayos cerata. Sus dientes con rádula se asemejan a espadas.[4] Glaucus atlanticus
Heartbreaking photographs capture the facial expressions of animals While I am saddened by the fact that these animals are in peril in large part due to us, what really gets my blood pressure up is people that make comments along the lines you just did. You make it clear that the survival of an animal species is worth more than any person's life, so what are you doing about it? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? It is.
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Magnetic Cells Give Sense of Direction to Fish | Wired Science By Sarah C. P. Williams, ScienceNOW After spending 3 years at sea and traveling up to 300 kilometers away from home, a rainbow trout can swim straight back to its original hatching ground, following freshwater streams inland and rarely heading in the wrong direction. This remarkable feat of navigation likely relies on many senses; the fish have superb eyesight and smell. But the trout also seem to rely on Earth’s magnetic fields, which point them in the right direction.
The Nazi breeding program that resurrected an extinct species An indelible characteristic of fascist ideology is the celebration of a mythic past, an over-the-top nostalgic fixation often accompanied by attempts to restore things to the way they used to be "back in the good ol' days". For the Nazis, this meant a return to Old Germania — the old Germany of the Nibelungenlied — a time of (supposed) unparalleled prosperity, happiness, and pride. The Nazis, of course, took this imperative to extremes, including a little known attempt to restore its forests back to their original medieval splendor. But in order to do so, they would have to bring back an animal that went extinct in 1672 — a problem that two German zoologists tackled with a curious breeding program.
Infinity Imagined
Tool-Using Fish Caught for First Time on Video | Tool Use in Animals | Reef Fish, Tuskfish & Wrasse
Tool-Using Fish Makes a Splash
Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens | Drugs & Controlled Substances | MDMA, Ecstasy, LSD
Ravens Use 'Hand' Gestures to Communicate | Bird Intelligence & Animal Communication | Smart Animals & Raven Gestures
Mind of the Raven: Investigations ... - Bernd Heinrich - Google Libros
Microscopic Monsters: Gallery of Ugly Bugs | 2011 Ugly Bug Contest, Magnified Bug Photos
25% of Mammals at Risk of Extinction, IUCN Reports | Endangered Species & Wildlife Conservation | IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Unlikely Pair: Fish Mimics Octopus that Mimics Fish
Watch a lowly fish mimic the incredible mimic octopus
Robotic Fish Reveal Surprising Stickleback Gene
Clever Canines: Dogs Can 'Read' Our Communication Cues | Animal Intelligence
Funny Facial Features Tell Monkeys Who's Who | Primate Face Evolution & Social Behavior | New World Monkeys, Tamarins & Capuchins
Dolphins May Sleep-Talk in Whale Song | Dolphin Dreams & Memory | Mimicry, Animal Cognition & Animal Communication
Spider's Detachable Penis Finishes Without Him | Detachable Penis, Cannibalistic Sex & Orb-Web Spiders
Fish Seen Using Tools
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Ужин с котом
Baboons are capable of understanding analogies
Orangutan populations develop different cultures just like humans
What do spiders have to do with internet porn?
How turtles sense Earth's drifting magnetic field
Spraying monkeys with "love hormone" makes them act nicer to each other
Grinning gorillas could help explain the origins of human laughter
This chimp will kick your ass at memory games — but how the hell does he do it?
Chimp markets reveal evolution of friendship - life - 07 December 2011
Asombroso encuentro con un grupo de Gorilas de Montaña en Uganda
Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla (small version)
Cold-blooded cognition: Tortoises quick on the uptake - life - 26 December 2011
Rats free each other from traps, then share chocolate - life - 08 December 2011
Pigeons Can Follow Abstract Number-Counting Rules: Scientific American Podcast
Poop-Throwing Chimps Provide Hints of Human Origins | Wired Science
Biggest, Fastest, Bloodiest: Earth's Most Extreme Insects | Wired Science
Underwater Noise Disturbs Whales 120 Miles Away | Wired Science
CultureLab: Inches to metres: how the metric system was born
Why do scorpions glow in the dark (and could their whole bodies be one big eye)? | Not Exactly Rocket Science
Dogs Understand Us Better Than Chimps Do | Cognitive Psychology & Smart Animals | Domestic Dogs | LiveScience
Ocean bacteria glow to turn themselves into bait | Not Exactly Rocket Science
Bonobos: the self-domesticated ape? | Not Exactly Rocket Science
Current Biology - Culture and Geographic Variation in Orangutan Behavior
Bromancing Baboons | Video of the Week
Should Gay, Endangered Penguins Be Forced to Mate? | Extinction Countdown
I'm the chimpion! Ape trounces the best of the human world in memory competition
Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy | Guest Blog
14 Fun Facts About Elephants
Behold the first movie ever made for chimpanzees
High-speed videography reveals how mosquitoes fly in the rain
14 Fun Facts About Dragonflies
Ostrich Penis Clears Up Evolutionary Mystery
Jumping Spiders Use Blurry Vision to Catch Quick Prey with Precision [Video]
Top 10 Real-Life Body Snatchers
Q&A with Discoverers of Beetle Sex with Beer Bottles | 2011 'Ig Nobel Prizes' Honor Hilarious Research | LiveScience
CultureLab: <i>Apes as Family</i>: the first film made for chimps
Zoologger: The first reptile with a true placenta - life - 06 October 2011
An Underwater Wizard: The Mimic Octopus
Fish may have started walking underwater - life - 12 December 2011
Short Sharp Science: Myanmar snub-nosed monkey caught on camera
Zoologger: Don't bite – how the zebra got its stripes - life - 09 February 2012
Spider play sex isn't all fun and games - life - 01 November 2011
Zoologger: The only cross-dressing bird of prey - life - 09 November 2011
Apps for apes: Orang-utans want iPads for Christmas - tech - 28 December 2011
The only primate to communicate in pure ultrasound - life - 08 February 2012
Bedbugs Get Away with Incest | Guest Blog