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Apes and Dolphins: More Alike Than They Seem

Coming from very distant families- apes and dolphins do not outwardly appear to have much in common. Yet biologist Maddalena Bearzi and primatologist Craig B. Stanford have spent their careers exploring the likenesses between these two large brained mammals. In their book, "Bautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins," Bearzi and Stanford detail how these two creatures share the skills of complex communication and social interaction. Observing the capacity for emotion and cognitive similarities that dolphins and apes have-the authors teach us even more about our own homo sapiens nature. With these amazing behavioral overlaps, this dual portrait is a key to understanding the nature of "beautiful minds." * Biologist Maddalena Bearzi and Primatologist Craig B. Stanford, Authors of "Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins" (Harvard University Press, 2008)