It's no joke - even animals laugh
- URL to an article in MSNBC
First few paragraphs
"It’s no joke: Even animals ‘laugh’
Expert says dogs pant and rats chirp to express mirth
Scientists suspect that the panting behavior exhibited by dogs during "play
chasing" is an analog for human laughter.
By Robert Roy Britt
Life can be funny, and not just for humans.
Studies by various groups suggest monkeys, dogs and even rats love a good
laugh. People, meanwhile, have been laughing since before they could talk.
"Indeed, neural circuits for laughter exist in very ancient regions of the
brain, and ancestral forms of play and laughter existed in other animals eons
before we humans came along with our 'ha-ha-has' and verbal repartee," says Jaak
Panksepp, a neuroscientist at Bowling Green State University."
It is an interesting study on the neural networks that are involved with
laughter. But, anyone who has owned or been around dogs, cats, sheep, goats, or
watched crows, would probably say, "Well, duh, I could have told you that!"
I hope our pets will be able to go to the stars with us
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