Do Animals Understand the Link Between Sex and Offspring?

The connection between sex and offspring seems like common knowledge to humans, but have we projected our understanding onto other animals? Holly Dunsworth, a biological anthropologist at the University of Rhode Island, challenges the assumption that non-human animals possess a “reproductive consciousness” – an awareness of the link between sex and babies. In this article, we delve into Dunsworth’s research and its implications for our understanding of animal behavior and our own unique cognitive abilities.