Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


The last two decades have revealed brain mechanisms in birds and primates showing that, contrary to earlier prejudices, some birds can do things (cognitive and affective) on par with or even better than great apes and humans. The old dichotomies are breaking down; but the dark side is that these insights come at a time in the Anthropocene when humans have caused and continue to cause mass extinctions.

Author Biography

Gisela Kaplan is emeritus professor in animal behavior at UNE. Her two careers span social sciences and animal behavior (two PhDs). Her publications include over 250 research papers (field research) and 23 books (on orangutans, dogs, animal communication, and comparative cognition but predominantly bird behavior). She is a life member of the IPS and an elected honorary fellow of the AOU, and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. Website