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When Yawning is NOT a boring sunject
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:57:08 pm »
Ancestral empathy

Mammals aren't the only animals that YAWN!   

Contagious yawning may be an indicator of deep-rooted empathy among certain mammals. Observations of a wolf pack in a Tokyo zoo revealed that wolves, like humans and other primates, yawn in response to one another. The results were published last month (August 29) in PLOS ONE.

The same University of Tokyo team previously showed that domestic dogs yawn in response to their owners’ yawns, but it was unclear whether this was a result of adaptation to living with humans or selective breeding by humans of particularly sensitive dogs.

“The wolf study indicates that the previous findings in dogs relate to general mammalian empathy,” Emory University’s Frans de Waal, who was not involved in the study, told Wired. “If wolves show the same reactions amongst themselves, this confirms the idea that basic empathy is a mammalian characteristic, found in animals from mice to elephants.”   

Interestingly, the contagious yawn responses were stronger when the wolves could see one another yawn, and were correlated with the strength of social bonds. Females were more likely to yawn contagiously than males, consistent with evidence that females are more acutely attuned to social cues. The precise meaning of the yawn itself, however, continues to elude scientists. 


Agelbert NOTE: That last paragraph had quite a bit of "No s h I t, Sherlock" logic in it.  ;D  Consider that when a wolf CANNOT see another wolf it's kinda HARD for a facial gesture of ANY kind to be "contagious". LOL! And no smarty pants comments allowed saying wolf howling is "contagious"!  Well, okay, if wolves make a weird and specific NOISE when they yawn, I'll give you some points WHEN YOU SHOW ME A VIDEO OF THE SOUND A WOLF MAKES WHEN IT YAWNS! So there!

Also, EVERYBODY I know considers it a no brainer that females ALWAYS act bored around males of any mammalian species. It's part of their "we are not impressed with you males" technique!     

And, OF COURSE, please understand what science speak for "the meaning of the yawn itself eluding scientists" MEANS.

That Is, ahem, they have NOT figured out a way to fit it into the "Evolutionary Advantage Trait" Procrustian bed! The Darwinian Religion and the priesthood DOES NOT allow any departures from DOGMA! 

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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