"Dolphins have developed a number of similar personality traits to humans,
despite having evolved in vastly different environments, researchers have
A study, published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, looked at 134 male
and female bottlenose dolphins from eight facilities across the world, with
each dolphin’s personality being assessed by staff at the facilities. The
results of the study found a convergence of certain personality traits,
especially curiosity and sociability.
The study has aided researchers in understanding how certain human personality
traits developed independently of immediate environments. These similarities
were found despite dolphins having evolved in a completely different
environment from primates, with the last common ancestor living about 95m years
Dr Blake Morton, a psychology lecturer at the University of Hull and the lead
author of the study, said this research was the first time the personality of
dolphins had been studied in this way."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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