A new study adds Atlantic spotted dolphins to the list of animals that show nurturant behavior toward dead offspring. Are they grieving for their dead? Read the whole post on Zoologic: Do Dolphins Grieve?
Golden orb-web spiders are sit and wait hunters that accumulate prey larders on their webs. If prey items are removed from their webs, golden orb-web spiders search for them. They search longer when they have lost more prey items as well as when they have lost larger prey items.. . . Read More
Reptiles aren’t exactly known for their smarts. But maybe they’re just the victims of bad press. A new study shows lizards are capable of social learning through imitation, an ability previously thought to be limited to mammals and birds. Listen to my latest Experimental Podcast. . . Read More
Under the right environmental conditions, and with a little innovation, great antshrikes prove they’re capable of cognitively flexibe tool use. Tool-use is a new behavior for this species – they’re using anvils to crack open the shells of invasive land snails.. . . Read More