Heartbreaking Video Shows A Male Monkey Comforting His Dying Partner

Scientists working in Brazil recently witnessed a heartbreaking scene involving a female marmoset who sustained a mortal head injury after accidentally falling from a tree. They then watched in amazement as her partner of three-and-a-half years climbed down to comfort her as she lay dying. » 4/15/14 7:20am Tuesday 7:20am

Harrowing Photos Capture Tense Encounter Between Baby Baboon And Lion

While on a game drive in northern Botswana, a married couple witnessed a dramatic scene involving a troop of baboons fleeing from a pack of lions. What they saw next was completely unexpected — and showed the surprising tenderness that can be exhibited by even the most ferocious of animals. » 4/07/14 12:25pm 4/07/14 12:25pm

Why the Brains of Dogs and Humans Are More Similar Than You Think

As any dedicated dog owner will tell you, canines often appear to grasp the emotional content of what's being said to them. An unprecedented brain scanning study now shows this is likely true — and that this capability pre-dates domestication. » 2/21/14 8:00am 2/21/14 8:00am

A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence

Should we ever detect an extraterrestrial civilization, or any kind of alien life for that matter, it's a safe bet they'll look very different from us. They'll also probably think in a way that's completely foreign to what we're used to. Here's how experts believe we might be able to predict what the minds of aliens… » 1/28/14 11:14am 1/28/14 11:14am

Bad news, everyone: Tool use has been observed in crocodiles

Birds get a lot of attention for their use of tools. Clever animals, birds. But non-avian reptiles are capable of equally complex behaviors. Recent observations of crocodiles and alligators have revealed that both use twigs as hunting lures. A poetic twist: The sticks are used to lure birds. (WHO'S THE CLEVER ONE,… » 12/02/13 1:40pm 12/02/13 1:40pm

Left and Right Tail-Wags Trigger Different Emotional Responses In Dogs

Dogs communicate a lot through their tails, whether it be through furious I’m-so-freakin-happy-to-see-you wagging or the I’m-scared-shitless tail between the legs. But a new study from Italy shows that canines also recognize and respond to wagging in surprising ways, including whether the wagging happens on the left… » 10/31/13 1:00pm 10/31/13 1:00pm

Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

By specially training dogs to lie motionless in an fMRI scanner, neuroscientists have finally taken a look inside the mind of our favorite companion animal. And to no dog lover’s surprise, they exhibit a level of awareness that will force us to reconsider the ways in which they’re treated. » 10/07/13 9:20am 10/07/13 9:20am

Advocacy Group to Name Captive Chimp as Plaintiff in Historic Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client, an unnamed captive chimpanzee. Sometime in the next few months, it will file a writ of habeas corpus asking a state court judge to grant the chimp its liberty. It could go down as the first true step towards animal personhood. » 7/17/13 12:20pm 7/17/13 12:20pm

Engineers Build The First Robot Ant Society

By using ten tiny robots equipped with light sensors and an exceedingly simple set of rules, scientists have successfully replicated the navigational behavior of colony ants. The breakthrough could result in more efficient transportation systems for humans — but it also gives us a new understanding of how these… » 3/29/13 11:00am 3/29/13 11:00am

How do you give an animal an IQ test?

We humans are notorious for underestimating the intelligence of animals. As Frans de Waal writes in the Wall Street Journal, scientists have consistently botched up intelligence tests administered to animals — tests that are often human-centric and stacked unfavorably against them. Is there a better way to estimate… » 3/25/13 2:20pm 3/25/13 2:20pm

Scientists Enhance Intelligence of Mice with Human Brain Cells

It's not quite Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but it may not be too far off, either. By grafting human glial cells into the brains of mice, neuroscientists were able to "sharply enhance" their cognitive capacities. These improvements included augmentations to memory, learning, and adaptive conditioning. It's a… » 3/07/13 9:00am 3/07/13 9:00am

Zoologists watch as monkey midwife delivers baby

Human labor is long and difficult, so it's only natural that someone be there to lend a helping hand — that's where the midwife comes in. It's not the kind of thing that's typically observed among other animals, however. Imagine the surprise of these zoologists working in southwest China when they witnessed the birth… » 2/11/13 3:30pm 2/11/13 3:30pm

Dolphins create a raft with their bodies to prevent an injured…

Dolphins seem to be all over the news these days. Just last week we told you about a pod of sperm whales who adopted a malformed bottlenose dolphin, and how a dolphin tangled up on a fishing hook asked a deep sea diver for help. Now, according to a study published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, a group of… » 1/28/13 9:20am 1/28/13 9:20am

Divers capture amazing dolphin-rescue on video

If this video of interspecies collaboration doesn't warm your heart, you probably don't have a heart. When a dolphin gets caught on a fishing hook, it seeks out this group of human divers for help, resulting in a remarkable display of trust, intelligence and cooperation - from both species. » 1/22/13 9:15am 1/22/13 9:15am

The One Type of Music That All Parrots Everywhere Despise

Parrots obviously have a keen ear, as their incredible skills in mimicry attest. This caused researchers in the U.K. to wonder if they have certain preferences when it comes to music. As their resulting study shows, parrots' taste in music varies from individual to individual. But one thing was made perfectly clear:… » 12/26/12 4:30pm 12/26/12 4:30pm