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ARE DOLPHINS REALLY SMART? THE MAMMAL BEHIND THE MYTH

The concept of the intelligence of mammals and especially dolphins has intrigued the human mind for decades now. We are familiar with how dolphins showed intelligence but upcoming research has revealed how little we really know about these fascinating creatures. They are more like us than we might have suspected.

In most cases, as with animals and birds,  nurture goes along with nature, such that each generation learns the vital skills necessary for survival – such as predatory ability, danger awareness, migratory routes and others – from their predecessor and or elders.  For animals such as insects, the skills for survival are hard wired into their generic composition, kicking in when they are needed. And in case of human beings, rather than just passing on generic skills, each individual is able to educate others based on their own experience. We are not alone in this type of individual learning as research and observation has revealed in the recent years.

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