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July 23, 2019 - Vox

Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish

Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish
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It turns out emotional attachment to a partner is not unique to humans or even to mammals. Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish.

A recent study shows that fish are more emotionally complex than we give them credit for. Scientists at the University of Burgundy in France studied one called the convict cichlid, a monogamous fish species that forms long-lasting pairs. They found that when female cichlids lose their chosen mates, they become glum and more pessimistic about the world.

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