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Dolphins Recognize Themselves Before Human Children Do

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Dolphins Recognize Themselves Before Human Children Do


Treehugger, 4.9.18

If you thought you were special, think again, human. A new study found that young dolphins actually recognize themselves earlier than young chimps ... and human children. A couple of scientists from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York put a mirror underwater and filmed Bayley and Foster, two young bottlenose dolphins, looking at themselves over a period of three years. The dolphins recognized themselves right away; they started making those repetitive motions when they were only seven months old. It usually takes human babies at least a year to do the same, and it takes chimp babies even longer.
 

Submitted on: APR 9, 2018

Category: Animal Behavior | GC Press Coverage