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How does empathy help elephants?

By S. de Silva In the past week a paper on reassurance behavior in elephants by Plotnik et al. in PeerJ has been generating quite a bit of buzz. The study, which you can learn more about from the researchers … Continue reading

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Trackways freeze time to reveal ancient elephant sociality

The evolution of behavior is tricky to study for one very simple reason: behaviors usually don’t fossilize. ¬†While anatomy can be reconstructed based on skeletal remains and imprints, how might one glimpse how a living, breathing organism behaved millions of … Continue reading

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