Animals in the News

New research shows a group of West Australian dolphins have taught each other to use sea sponges to catch fish for almost 200 years.

Dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia

Dolphins swim in Shark Bay, Western Australia.

AAP: WA Department of Environment and Conservation
Read more at: ABC News

By Michelle Warwicker

BBC Nature


Scientists have provided insight into why unrelated chimpanzees co-operate with each other outside a sexual relationship.

The team of international researchers found that increased levels of the hormone oxytocin played an intrinsic role in non-kin co-operation.

Wild chimps that had taken part in a grooming session with a “bond partner” had higher levels of the hormone in their urine than after grooming with a “non-bond partner”, irrespective of whether the individuals were related.

Results of the study are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Read more at: BBC Nature


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