Research in the vast animal world continues and highlights how certain species are able to form very complex social networks.
The primacy in nature is that of man: this mantra is widespread and still shared by many. As many people, however, have realized and continue to realize on a daily basis how fallacious this claim is. It is precisely this self-conferred primacy of man that has often led us to exploit nature in an uncontrolled way and cause enormous problems for the balance of the planet. Both in the animal world and in the plant world.
Research by biologists on the animal kingdom has therefore shown how much man is not necessarily the strongest in nature, quite the contrary! There are species that can compete with us, even if they do not have the technological means that man has developed over millennia. Think of bees and their complex social network… and now also of this marine species, second only to humans in terms of social complexity!
Dolphins build social networks after humans
We are talking about dolphins, defined as being among the most intelligent animals on the planet (still according to the human standard) and able to build organized and complex social networks. Communicate with each other to ensure the reproduction and productivity of the species. According to research conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Britain’s University of Bristol, these marine mammals form third-level alliances. Even going beyond the norm in chimpanzees.
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The research examined a pod of 121 male bottlenose dolphins living in Shark Bay, Western Australia, assessing their ability to form alliances. The end? Having easier access to female specimens, spending more time with them, which can ensure a better chance of breeding.
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The study of American and British universities was published in the scientific journal PNAS, which already in 1992 published research by the same scientific group on second-level cooperation between dolphins. Started in 1982, the team’s activity is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, with breathtaking results!