"After she passed, the chimps examined the body, inspecting Pansy’s mouth, pulling her arm and leaning their faces close to hers. Blossom sat by Pansy’s body through the night. And when she finally moved away to sleep in a different part of the enclosure, she did so fitfully, waking and repositioning herself dozens more times than was normal. For five days after Pansy’s death, none of the other chimps would sleep on the platform where she died."—
"Want to Understand Mortality? Look to the Chimps
", by Maggie Koerth-Baker
in the NYT [more inside]
"The idea that a species domesticated itself is a bit crazy, but there are some species that outcompeted others by becoming nicer." Wired examines the phenomena of self-domestication
. [more inside]
Don't piss off
the chimpanzees. Really.
They'll chew your **lls and face off.
Crows better than chimps at making tools?
British scientists were reportedly "astonished" when a captive crow named Betty "spontaneously bent a straight piece of wire and used it to retrieve a snack." But another scientist says crows have been seen making two kinds of hook tools in the wild, although he's not sure we should say they have "insight." It's clear that there are lots of different kinds of animal intelligences
, so why are humans so surprised when dolphins recognize themselves in mirrors
, chimps demonstrate culture
and lions engage in social problem-solving
? What explains the reluctance to admit that animal "consciousness"
a new form of crime? Imagine waking up to see a chimpanzee nicking your cellphone...