Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth by Justin Gregg

By Justin Gregg

How clever are dolphins? Is their verbal exchange procedure particularly as advanced as human language? And are they as pleasant and peaceable as they're made out to be?

Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made approximately dolphin intelligence and separates medical truth from fiction. He provides the result of the most recent learn in animal behaviour, and places our wisdom approximately them into viewpoint with comparisons to clinical experiences of alternative animals, specifically the crow family members and nice apes. He supplies interesting money owed of the demanding situations of trying out what an animal with flippers and no facial expressions could really be pondering. Gregg's evidence-based method creates a finished and up to date examine of this interesting animal for you to attract all these intrigued by means of dolphin behaviour.

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87 VENs were found very recently in macaques,88 which upsets the traditional view that VENs are unique to the great apes within the primate lineage, although it is noteworthy that one macaque species (Macaca mulatta) might have passed the mirror self-recognition test. It’s an important point, however, that VENs that have been discovered in the great apes, cetaceans, and elephants all seem concentrated in the anterior cingulate, anterior insular, and frontopolar cortices, whereas VENs are spread somewhat haphazardly, and sparsely, around the brains of species like manatees.

Neuronal count might well be the best all-around predictor of animal intelligence as some researchers have suggested,63 or it might reveal itself to be yet another unreliable metric (as others have predicted)64 in the ongoing quest to understand how brain structure correlates with intelligent behavior. , rats, ravens, honeybees, octopuses) displaying unexpectedly complex cognition. Smart neurons Simply looking at the absolute number of neurons in a brain for clues to intelligence is somewhat akin to looking at the number of soldiers each army has on a battlefield for clues to the potential victor.

Throw in the problem of what consciousness is, and you’ve got yourself one of the thorniest issues in the history of science and philosophy. If science has anything concrete to say about the dolphin mind with regard to these topics, it’s that we’ve found some tantalizing clues suggesting that dolphins have some sort of awareness of their own minds (and possibly the minds of others), but we don’t know for sure how similar this is to human awareness, nor how unique the dolphin mind might be when compared with other species on these points.

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