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New study to track altruism in vampire bats

This crowd-funded appeal to conduct non-invasive behaviorial experiments on vampire bats — which have been observed to be ‘extreme social cooperators’ — recently ended successfully. The research will use the vampire bat as a new model to answer questions such as ‘What social information do vampire bats use to decide whether to donate to others?

Do the bats punish freeloaders by reducing donations to partners who don’t reciprocate? Do the bats compete to be the best social partners?’ Must say, we can’t wait to find out, either. Updates can be found on SocialBat.Org.

Via Petridish

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