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Individual Differences in Bottlenose Dolphin Infants
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Janet Mann, PhD

This paper explores some of the characteristics that are shared by dolphins and primates and distinguish them, with particular emphasis on the development of individual differences. Some preliminary data on the development of wild bottlenose dolphins are presented. These data illustrate the stability of mother-infant contact over time, a striking contrast to the patterns found in most mammals, and the individual variability of exploratory behavior (time away from mother). The latter is consistent with the inhibited-disinhibited, bold-shy, or restrictive vs. laissez-faire differences found in many species of primates, including humans. These patterns are discussed in relation to the dolphin's social ecology and life history.

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