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Cetacean Intelligence : what do we know?

Klij, M.H.W. van der (2011) Cetacean Intelligence : what do we know? Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Cetaceans are, next to humans and other primates, often regarded as a group including the most intelligent species on earth. There are however different methods of measuring and defining intelligence, making it very hard to determine who is and who is not intelligent. In this thesis I have looked at the different measurements and studies that have been done concerning intelligence in cetaceans, for example at their brain quantifications, communication skills and the social and feeding behaviours. Although a lot is known about the toothed whales (Odontoceti), especially about the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), more research will be needed to fully understand these animals and be able to determine not whether they are, but how intelligent they are.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9564

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