Monkeys Remember "Words" Used by Their Ancestors Centuries Ago

In the mid-1600s, green monkeys from Africa were introduced to the West Indies island of Barbados. Despite living a predator-free life for centuries, the Barbados population still responds to an ancestral alarm call that means, roughly translated, “Run up a tree or a leopard will eat you!” » 10/30/13 7:40am 10/30/13 7:40am

Wild dolphins will greet one another by exchanging names

We all know dolphins are intelligent animals. So intelligent, in fact, that a document called the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans — which argues that dolphins should be afforded similar rights as humans — has actually been gaining some serious traction among scientists and ethicists in recent years. » 3/01/12 12:51pm 3/01/12 12:51pm

Proof that human-whale communication will begin with a mariachi band

Juno, a beluga whale in a Connecticut aquarium, is known for his lively interactions with visitors - sometimes he gets aggressive, but other times he bobs to a mariachi beat, as you can see here. It's hard to say what we're witnessing, but it certainly seems like Juno is imitating the motions of the musicians as… » 8/04/11 10:20am 8/04/11 10:20am

Crested Dinosaurs Had Brains Designed for Talking

For decades scientists have been mystified by the strangely-shaped skulls of the duck-billed, crested dinosaurs known as lambeosaurus. Their nasal passages are extremely long and twisty, looping up over the tops of their skulls. Originally it was believed that these were just super-noses providing a keen sense of… » 10/16/08 7:00am 10/16/08 7:00am