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I listened to animals' hearts to reveal their hidden emotional worlds

By Claudia Wascher, Senior Lecturer, Animal and Environmental Biology, Anglia Ruskin University
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It’s not only humans who feel emotions. In his 1872 book, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin described a range of “innate” and “evolved” emotions in dogs, cats, chimpanzees, swans and other non-human animals.

But animals can’t verbally report their emotions, and humans often misread how an animal’s feeling, which can lead us to make them feel…

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