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By Justin Gregg

How clever are dolphins? Is their verbal exchange approach 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 clinical truth from fiction. He offers the result of the most recent learn in animal behaviour, and places our wisdom approximately them into viewpoint with comparisons to medical experiences of different animals, specially the crow kinfolk and nice apes. He provides interesting bills of the demanding situations of checking out what an animal with flippers and no facial expressions may perhaps really be considering. Gregg's evidence-based procedure creates a entire and updated learn of this interesting animal so as to entice all these intrigued by way of dolphin behaviour.

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Simply put: bigger bodies have bigger brains. There’s certainly no evidence to suggest that, on the whole, increasing the size of the brain correlates with increased cognitive function. If there were, we’d expect larger animals to always be more intelligent than smaller ones. 8 But this is clearly not the case. Of course sometimes, as in the case of humans, a large brain appears to go hand in hand with cognitive complexity. Humans have the largest brains of all primates, and we are (by our own reckoning) the most intelligent of primates.

82 Presumably, VENs located in these areas must be vital to the function of these cortical areas, and thus the production of complex social cognition. 83 This might be too much of a leap. To begin with, the organization of the dolphin cortex is so strikingly different to that of primates that it is impossible to state with certainty that the anterior cingulate, anterior insular, and 38 W H AT BIG BR A INS YOU H AV E frontopolar cortices in dolphins share a similar function to the same cortical regions found in the great apes.

Consequently, tool use could arguably be struck off the list of uncannily intelligent human behavior, as it appears to be widespread in the animal kingdom. De Waal is entirely correct that this approach is bad science (and I am in complete agreement), but then again, comparative intelligence (unlike comparative cognition) isn’t really science in the first place. De Waal makes another important point concerning the trouble with comparing animal behavior: there can be vital differences in underlying causes of observed behavior that otherwise appears similar.

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