One small-brained Kenyan bird creates complex societies, and it can teach us about our own

Big brains aren’t required to form complex communities, finds a new study of vulturine guineafowls in Kenya. The prevailing consensus up to now was that only animals with large brains such as humans, primates, elephants, porpoises, and giraffes, can form complex, multilevel societies. However, new research shows that this isn’t the case. The study reports […]

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The real David Attenborough

In the late 1980s, a meeting was convened at the BBC studios on Whiteladies Road in Bristol. Its participants – mainly amiable former public schoolboys named Mike – discussed the imminent retirement of a grey-haired freelancer, who had been working with the BBC for almost four decades. “We need to think about who is going […]

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