Orcas: Menopausal females lead the way to food

Orcas: Menopausal females lead the way to food

Orca females share a trait with human females: they go through menopause. At about the age of 40, killer whales reach the end of their reproductive productivity, but it’s possible that they can live for decades longer than that. Now, researchers are understanding the role that these menopausal females play, and it turns out that […]

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas get stressed out, too!

Hyenas are striking creatures, and just as fascinating. They are intelligent and live in complex societies. Hyena clans are ruled by an alpha female, and adult males rank lowest in social status, behind females and juveniles. Now, it seems that recent research shows that being low in the ranks can really stress animals out- in […]

Whale social secrets revealed

Whale social secrets revealed

Researchers have unlocked some of the secrets of the social structure of sperm whales. These whales can be difficult to track, because more than half of their time is spent hunting squid far below the surface. But now, research has shed some light on the social relationships of these beautiful animals. Over the course of […]

More Studies Support Oxytocin and Social Interactions

More Studies Support Oxytocin and Social Interactions

A couple of months ago, I wrote about an oxytocin nose spray that could be used to help those with autism during social interactions.  I find this interesting because my youngest son, Cody, is autistic.  He would rather watch wheels spin all day by himself than interact with other children. Social interactions are interesting to me […]