Just how smart are animals?

A lot of scientific experiments have been conducted that demonstrate how intelligent chimpanzees are, but what about other animals? One method that has been adopted for assessing intellectual ability is relative brain size. Although the common perception is that apes, elephants...
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Sex steroid precursor peaks in neonatal macaques

Japanese macaques at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute
CICASP student Rafaela Takeshita and her collaborators from the department of Ecology and Social Behavior at KUPRI and the Zoology Department at Okayama University of Science have just discovered that neonatal Japanese macaques have extremely high levels of dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS), a sex steroid precursor secreted by the adrenal gland. Their findings will appear shortly in the journal General and Comparative Endocrinology .
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Giraffe Sociality and Social Bonds

Thornicroft's Giraffe
Two new articles reveal that giraffe have more in common with nonhuman primates than often assumed. In the June 2013 issue of African Journal of Ecology (Vol. 51, pp. 206-216 & 376-379) CICASP Professor Fred Bercovitch and colleagues demonstrate how social relationships influence herd formation and response to death.
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