Sunday, September 29, 2013

Which non-human animal does this describe?

Their social lives are complex, and they can congregate in large groups. Their heart rates increase when they notice a family member suffering. They sound the alarm when they discover food or a potential threat. And experiments have shown they even anticipate future events.
A: Did you say dolphins? Many would, and that's the point of this interesting article arguing that dolphins are not the super-smart mammals most animal lovers want to believe they are. Consider this excerpt from the article:
"We put them on a pedestal for no reason and projected a lot of our desires and wishes on them," says neuroethologist Paul Manger of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. According to the professor, the claims that dolphins have a particularly complex brain, use a sophisticated language, are self-aware and can use tools are nonsense.
So which animal does the above describe? Click here to find out.