15 Apr '18, 2pm

Dolphins Recognize Themselves Before Human Children Do #care2

Dolphins Recognize Themselves Before Human Children Do #care2

If you thought you were special, think again, human. A new study found that young dolphins actually recognize themselves earlier than young chimps … and human children. When scientists want to figure out if an animal can recognize itself, they need one thing: a mirror. It’s a pretty simple idea: you put an animal in front of a mirror and see what it does. Most animals can’t figure out that the animal in the mirror is really itself (ever seen a dog bark at its reflection?). But some animals make repetitive motions in the mirror to figure out what’s going on. Scientists have only found a handful of animals that can do this, including humans, chimps, dolphins and, for some reason, magpies. And even though we know adult dolphins can see themselves in mirrors, no one had ever tried out the test on young dolphins … until now. A couple of scientists from New York’s CUNY Graduate ...

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