While being wingmen is a romantic tactic that men commonly deploy to try and score a date, a recent new study has determined that male bottlenose dolphins also deploy that method. They do so in a very similar fashion to humans, and the goal is to woo the lady dolphins. In fact, researchers have determined that male bottlenose dolphins form the largest and strongest multi-level alliances, except for the ones humans form.
Bottlenose Dolphins Form Alliances and Act as Wingmen for Each Other
After studying the marine mammals off the coast of Western Australia, scientists from the University of Bristol determined that allied dolphins form teams to co-operate with each other and that allows each male to have more time to focus on love. This translates to long-term benefits like improving the chances of dolphins making little babies. Study contributor Simon Allen has stated that they’ve discovered how teaming up to be wingmen with another male was the key to success when male dolphins are trying to choose a mate. According to Dr. Allen, the duration over which male dolphins consort with females was reliant on being well-connected with wingmen dolphins.
Having Wingmen, or Similar Partnerships, Was Associated With Humans
Study co-author Stephanie King also pointed out that forming tactical partnerships and cooperation in international trade and forming family units or romance was a behavioral trait that was largely credited as a unique hallmark of human evolution. The research highlighted that dolphin societies, just like some nonhuman primates, were valuable model systems for understanding human cognitive and social evolution.
Cooperation was thought to be a characteristic that distinguishes humans from chimpanzees, just like males stepping into parental roles and the evolution of pair bonds. Study co-author Richard Connor stated that the new research proved that alliances would emerge without the other two characteristics being present. According to Dr. King, the study also proved that males and females sharing childcare were not essential for team-building in nature.
The hype for Spider-Man: No Way Home was at its height when Sony dropped the new trailer after several days of buildup. At first viewing of the trailer, it appears that the spider-verse is expanding with interesting plot twists and the return of many familiar faces. If the trailer is any indication, fans are in for an exciting film.
The New Spider-Man Trailer
Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, is concerned about his identity being revealed in the last movie, so he turns to Doctor Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch to find a magical solution to his plight. Doctor Strange makes it so Peter’s identity was never revealed but meddling with the timeline turns out to be a bad idea.
The trailer gives fans a look at several familiar foes including Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Doctor Octopus played by Alfred Molina, and Green Goblin portrayed by Willem Dafoe, among others. Although fans have been speculating that they would see Maguire and Garfield, the trailer shows no sight of them.
Tom Holland’s Emotional Reaction
During a launch event in Los Angeles last Tuesday evening, Holland surprised fans with the first screening of the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Holland’s words, this is the most theatrical and cinematic superhero film made so far. By the end, Holland had an emotional reaction and thanked the fans for their enthusiasm.
This movie brings together villains from three different universes giving them new life. Holland expresses his pleasure as an actor and a fan of the superhero franchise to have worked on such a project amongst such legends.
The Trailer Is the Tip of the Iceberg
Tom Holland managed not to leak any spoilers during the Q&A with the audience. He does say that what’s shown in the trailer is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s a lot to the movie that’s yet to be seen. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to be in theaters on December 17th!