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i keep imagining that my cat buddy makes little giggle grunts when i give her scritches and head butts :ablobcatreach:

Animals laugh too, analysis of vocalization data suggests

Human laughter is common, but it's a somewhat mysterious part of our evolution. It's clear to evolutionary scholars that we laugh as a part of play, signaling our cooperation or friendliness. But how did laughter evolve? And are humans the only ones who do it?

phys.org/news/2021-05-animals-

@wrdwoose
I love the facial expression on the hairy dog.

@fitheach me too. expresses a bit of "joy!" with a touch of the promise of "fresh blood!"

@wrdwoose
The research was a literature review. It would be nice to see some specific research on this topic. I'd be particularly interested in research on dogs, because I know and love them. In fact, I know someone who might do this. I'll drop her an email.

@fitheach that's brilliant. it's important to recognize that animals are people, too. oftentimes, better.

@wrdwoose
The distance between us and other animals, with regards to behaviour and intelligence, is much smaller than we have assumed in the past. We are increasingly discovering that human-only traits are nothing of the kind.

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