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Neanderthal Intelligence and the Sperm Whale Brain

One of the few things we know about the internal organisation of the sperm whale brain is its cerebellar quotient (CQ). That information would be insignificant did it not place this species brain in two unique categories. In all other other cetaceans,

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Legal Aspects of Personhood: a Closer Look at the African Elephant

Considering how much evidence that I present for the possibility that sperm whales are our peers, it might come as a surprise to learn that I have been against every attempt I’ve seen, to date, to extend the legal definition of

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Manipulation Complexity and the Intelligence of Sea Otters

Last year a paper was published by Sandra et al that allowed us to connect primate intelligence with manipulation complexity. Of particular interest to me, was that it indicated possibilities to measure the intelligence of non-primates. Unfortunately, connecting this work to cetaceans would be

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The Scale of Primate Intelligence

This post replaces an early one that contained several errors. Its purpose is to explain my Primate IQ Scale. It also incorporates data from an important 2016 paper by Sandra et al, to it. An Introduction Deaner et al. 2006, were the first to establish

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Does the Mirror Test Reflect Self-awareness?

The Mirror test of Self-Recognition (MSR) has been the gold standard in the quest to find the self-aware. Unfortunately, only a handful of species have ever passed it. Some scientists have been surprised that the subject of their research fail, as their

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Battle for the Oceans

Nature, red in tooth and claw Alfred Lord Tennyson On land, we have a very good understanding of how the most intelligent nonhuman animals live. By contrast, our understanding of the same in the sea is very poor. Nature documentaries

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The Most Intelligent Fish and its Relevance

If you ever try to google for the most intelligent fish (ie. vertebrate that isn’t a tetrapod), the the most common result, and the only one of any consensus, is the manta ray. These are extreme curious and playful animals, with

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The Menopause Mystery

Much of the evidence on this website, involves traits that humans and sperm whales share, to the exclusion of all other known animals. In all those cases, that trait’s expression in humans can be associated with our high level of intelligence. It

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Updated List of Most Intelligent Animal Genera

As time goes by, we become ever better acquainted with the abilities of the other animals with which we share the Earth. For many of the smartest, we already have enough data to place them with greater reliability than usually acknowledged. This

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Whale Moots

Sometimes large numbers of whales gather in one spot. These tend to be for a known purpose, such as to breed, calve, or feed at seasonal areas. Such congregations are atypical behaviour for sperm whales, but, when they do occur, unlike for

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