DEC 24, 2018 11:56 PM PST

Are Animals Capable of Deception?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Are animals capable of deception? Of course! Humans, classified as animals in science, are very much deceiving creatures…but how about non-human animals. Well, it’s tricky but behavioral biologists have identified three defining hallmarks of deception by non-human animals: 1) the deception must mislead the receiver 2) the deception must benefit the deceiver 3) the deception cannot be an accidental act.

One example of a deceiving animal is the predatory firefly.

Watch the video above to learn more!

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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