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Dolphins the brainiest animal?

Form alliances that are more sophisticated than chimps


 

Researchers have found that male bottlenose dolphins can form third-level alliances when trying to mate with a female. A third-level alliance is where a group of dolphins joins another to fend off a rival group. Such alliances are more sophisticated partnerships than even chimpanzees form. Researchers say they place “considerable demands” on the dolphins’ social cognition. In another study, researchers have found that female bottlenose dolphins maintain large networks of relatives and friends to help them have more calves and protect their young.

Washington Post

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Dolphins the brainiest animal?

  1. Mmm … I thought (and still think, though I admit I'm biased) the homo sapiens, humans, yes US are, as yet, the brainiest animal.

    • Sure, you think that we're smarter because we've invented wrist-watches, the stock markets, and nuclear weapons while the dolphins haven't. Oddly enough.. the dolphins think they're smarter for the exact same reason.

      (Apologies to Douglas Adams)

      • The ship came from outer space, and a voice inside
        Said, "To the wisest we will give a free ride."
        People came from far and wide.
        And the ship left with a whale and a dolphin inside.

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