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Just a few years ago, crocodilians—crocodiles, alligators, and their less-known relatives—were mostly thought of as slow, lazy, and outright stupid animals. But people who worked with crocodilians knew that these animals were capable of amazing things. Recently, this understanding has found support in the form of scientific publications.


In an article for The Conversation, Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, explains the crocodilians’ complex communication systems and unique behaviors. Read the full article on The Conversation.


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