Scientists studying Amazon river dolphins have discovered that males use gifts to woo potential mates. Not only that, but the male dolphins appear to give better gifts to more prized females, and the dolphins who bring the most gifts seem to sire the most offspring. The best gift? A bouquet of river weeds!
Dark green weeds signify love. Brown weeds? Friendship.
After a three-year study in the Brazilian Amazon, Dr. Tony Martin, of the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge has returned with his findings. Dr. Martin observed that…
…when a male was carrying a gift to a female, the other males in the group would act more aggressively. He also found juvenile’s and females to carry gifts seemingly while playing.
True, he DID bring me a rancid bouqet of stinking filth which was SO sweet, but it’s been three weeks and we haven’t had our RDT yet!
In this article in the well regarded science publication the Daily Mail, Martin explains that gift giving is a sign of culture, something that only a few of the higher species on the Earth, such as chimps, bonobos and humans, possess.
We might argue with that assumption, however, on the grounds that the Daily Mail is precise proof that human beings do NOT possess any culture whatsoever.