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Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth Hardcover – Sep 25 2013

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Sept. 25 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019966045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199660452
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,425,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this thorough and engaging report on contemporary cetacean science, "Aquatic Mammals" coeditor and dolphin researcher Gregg separates the myths from the realities about these grinning SeaWorld stars." --Booklist

"The title of this book, "Are Dolphins Really Smart?," does not really do justice to the thorough investigation of dolphin behavior that follows... Many animals have specialized cognitive abilities and all, as he says, "lead equally as wondrous and worthy lives"; his carefully constructed exposition leads readers gently to this conclusion... Highly recommended." --Choice

"Eschewing the pervasive and nonscientific popular opinions regarding dolphin intelligence, playfulness, and peacefulness, Gregg instead dissects the scientific literature on dolphin behavior. The picture that emerges is something less flattering than Flipper, but one that serves as both a rigorous litmus test of animal intelligence and a check on human exceptionalism." --The Scientist

"The logic and writing are superb, the flow is easy enough to be read by bright inquisitive teenagers, and yet detailed and insightful enough for seasoned behavioral researchers... Open-minded readers will come away with a heightened understanding of dolphin behaviors and capabilities, and a renewed respect for marvelous animals among all of the marvelous biota around us." --The Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Justin Gregg is a research associate with the Dolphin Communication Project, and Co-Editor of the academic journal Aquatic Mammals. He received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, having studied social cognition and the echolocation behavior of wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose
dolphins. With an undergraduate background in linguistics, Justin is particularly interested in the study of dolphin communication as it pertains to comparisons of human (natural) language and animal communication systems.

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