The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

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How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2018
After release from rehab, bottlenose Billie started walking on water with her tail. Studying how the behavior spread could offer clues about how animals learn from each other.
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2018
The resulting lost protein, PON1, breaks down organophosphates in land mammals.
Image of the Day: Distress Signal
Image of the Day: Distress Signal
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 13, 2018
Dolphins and pilot whales can tell which orcas are coming for them by listening to their calls.  
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2017
The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.
Image of the Day: No Table Manners
Image of the Day: No Table Manners
The Scientist Staff | Aug 24, 2017
Ancient bones of the newly described toothless, stout-nosed dolphin Inermorostrum xenops suggest that it slurped its food.
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2017
Capitalizing on dolphins' astute and playful nature, scientists devised an underwater interactive touchscreen game to help them study and interact with these creatures.
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 1, 2016
The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.
New Species Links River and Oceanic Dolphins
New Species Links River and Oceanic Dolphins
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 2, 2015
Fossilized remains from a river dolphin relative provide some details about when the mammals left the oceans.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 28, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research