Hunter College scientists research self-awareness in dolphins

A study performed by Hunter College scientists has found that baby dolphins show self-awareness at a younger age than humans or chimpanzees. The researchers tracked the reaction of the young dolphins to their reflection in a mirror over the course of their first year of life. An animal’s ability to recognize itself in the mirror is linked to various developmental milestones, and the growth of social awareness. The researchers suggest that their findings will lead to a greater understanding of intelligence in animals.

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