Hyenas may be using bacteria to communicate

We all have bacteria that live in our bodies, helping us by breaking down food, flushing out toxins, and regulating our weight. But for hyenas and other animals with specialized scent glands, bacteria may have an additional, important role: They could be allowing hyenas to communicate with each other. » 11/13/13 7:40am 11/13/13 7:40am

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 they… » 8/04/11 10:20am 8/04/11 10:20am