Let me start by saying I am not in any way an expert on altrusim or consciousness. However, when I look up online the possibility that we can measure consciousness in animals by their altruistic behavior I get nothing. I am curious to know other people's opinions on this possibility. Are there different levels of consciousness? Say...a dog is a more conscious individual than a bird, or a bird more concious than a turtle, etc. Are the altruistic behaviors of dogs of a greater significance than the altruistic behaviors of birds? Would these behaviors give us a different level of how conscious or not conscious a being is? Give me your thoughts!