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Could empathy for animals have been an adaptation in the evolution of Homo sapiens

  title={Could empathy for animals have been an adaptation in the evolution of Homo sapiens},
  author={John W. S. Bradshaw and Elizabeth S Paul},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
In humans, empathy has emotional and cognitive components, both of which are linked to caring and nurturant behaviour. Variations in each of these facets of empathy were likely to have been accessible to natural selection during the evolution of Homo , although the likely details of their respective adaptive values has so far only been considered in the context of intraspecific (human-human) behaviour. We propose that evolutionary psychology may provide a useful additional framework for… Expand
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