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Who's the Smartest?

Author: Films Media Group,; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Films Media Group, [2014] ©2014 2017.
Series: Inside animal minds.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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What makes an animal smart? What forces of evolution drive brains to become more complex? Many scientists believe the secret lies in our relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures, including humans, seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films Media Group,; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 1003852374
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally released by Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2014.
Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 15, 2017.
Title from distributor's description (Films Media Group, May 17, 2017).
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (53 min., 22 sec.)) : sound, color.
Contents: Social Living (2:05) --
Dolphins in the Wild (2:06) --
Shift in Relative Brain Size (2:52) --
Shift to Social Living (2:01) --
Fission Fusion Society (3:03) --
Social Complexity and Bigger Brains (2:28) --
Strange Animal Experiment (2:20) --
Listening to Wild Dolphins (2:48) --
Dolphin Sound Analysis (2:44) --
Amboseli National Park, Kenya (2:38) --
Elephant Contact Calls (1:45) --
Cooperation and Competition (1:51) --
Observation in Captivity (2:58) --
Extent of Awareness (2:33) --
Deception Experiment (3:10) --
Fairness Test (2:52) --
Concern for Others (2:08) --
Social Interest After Death (3:20) --
Inter-species Interaction (2:04) --
Parallels with People (2:25) --
Credits: Who's the Smartest? (1:13) --
Zoology Clip (26:21).
Series Title: Inside animal minds.
Responsibility: Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.).
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What makes an animal smart? What forces of evolution drive brains to become more complex? Many scientists believe the secret lies in our relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures, including humans, seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet. Off the coast of Florida, we see dolphins team up to catch fish by whipping up a wall of muddy water that drives the meal right into their companions' waiting mouths. It seems that the dolphins are working together to plan their hunt. But are they really? Biologists go on a quest to decipher the secrets of animal societies, from the seas of the Caribbean to the plains of Africa. Do dolphins and elephants have "language?" Do chimps have a sense of fairness? And are any animals besides ourselves capable of feeling empathy?

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