Crows are frequently observed gathering around dead comrades. When researchers from the University of Washington investigated this behavior they found the crafty birds understand much about death and the threat of death by predators, not only reacting to their fallen brethren but also avoiding areas or things they deem dangerous.
Although colonies of Florida carpenter ants have designated roles, researchers managed to turn foraging ants into scouts with the use of epigenetic drugs. This suggests social behavior is not necessarily based on an individual's genetics.
Dogs can rapidly mimic each other's expressions, just like humans and some primates.
Japanese macaques are exposed to various stressful situations in the wild, including rank fights and mating competitions. Researchers recently took a closer look at how genetics ultimately control the release of stress hormones in these animals.
Female elephants are the matriarchs of their social groups. Researchers discovered that when a female elephant is killed by a poacher, their daughter readily steps in to fill her shoes. This suggests the animals have an unwavering resilience to pressure by humans.
Can certain species of fish – especially specias that all seem to look alike – distinguish between friend from a foe? Apparantly so, say surprised reaserchers who say recongition comes down to small but distinct facial coloring patterns.
To better understand the social coordination of chimpanzees, researchers tested to see if a female bonobo could synchronize with a human drummer. The animal's success in matching beats sheds light on the evolution of speech and music.
Ant colonies are complex systems built on the cooperation of individual members. When under the attack from a predator, ants work as a well coordinated "superorganism" to esnure the safety of the colony.
Members of both animal and human social groups work together to hunt, forage and fight under the guidance of leader. A recent study took a closer look at the nature of leadership to better understand how human and non-human leaders promote cooperative actions.
When wild baboons decide to live in smaller social groups they are less stressed. This also reduces the amount of competition for the same forest resources.
While it's long been known that singalongs get people flushed and comfortable together, new research shows that there are several other activities that singing beats for gathering a group together.
While the social roles some insects inhabit are set in stone, dinosaur ants and red paper wasps are far more flexible – and able to adjust their behaviors for varying responsibilities.
Those opposed to vaccinating their children, commonly known as 'anti-vaxxers' are a very stubborn bunch. Even in the face of mountains of scientific evidence about how tried-and-true vaccines are harmless, these individuals chose to stand by raw belief and hearsay. One thing, however, can still sway them. The images of children sick with the illnesses vaccines prevent, a new study has found, are powerful enough to make anti-vaxxers change their stance.
It's no secret that ravens are exceptionally intelligent birds. Featured in myth and legend as doom-sayers, tricksters, and magical familiars, the wit of the raven is well known. Now new research has found that ravens are even capable of solving tasks that require coordinated cooperation -- an ability only a handful of hyper-intelligent species are capable of.
The worker ant: even the name of this tiny insect calls fourth impressions of hard work and dedication, the tireless and duty-bound individual laboring for the greater good of his community. However, it turns out that this really doesn't describe your everyday worker ant. In fact, the great majority of the little buggers are actually slackers.