Scientist says dolphins should get human status

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

In Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, dolphins leave the Earth shortly before it is destroyed by the Vogons, leaving a last message: So long and thanks for all the fish.

We're not sure what this has to do with the following, but we're sure it relates: A zoologist at Emory University is arguing that dolphins in the real world should be given human status.

Here's how TG Daily reported it:

Lori Marino used MRI scans to compare dolphin brains with those of primates, and concluded that they are more intelligent than chimpanzees.

Corrected for body size, dolphins have larger brains than any primates except man, and the same surface folds found in human brains. They also have a cerebral cortex and neocortex that approach the size of those found in humans.

Marino's argument is bolstered by the fact that dolphins can recognize themselves in mirrors, can learn a simple language, have personalities and can cooperate and learn from each other.

Which raises the question: Why would dolphins want to have their status lowered to that of humankind?

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