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Animal Intelligence

How Smart Are Elephants?

Quora | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Since Aristotle and long before, people who have been privileged to spend time observing and interacting with elephants have expressed similar sentiments.

Your Kid Is As Smart As A Pigeon

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

We often point to language as evidence of our species' superiority. But the way humans learn language may not be so foreign to other animals, after al...

Are We Really the Smartest Creatures on Earth?

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Lionel Rolfe

More than 40 years ago, my then-wife Nigey Lennon and I were on our way home to Echo Park when, suddenly, she said to stop. I thought it was because she'd spotted a garage sale. Instead it was a woman who had set up a bunch of cages with cockatiels for sale.

The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.06.2014 | Science

As humankind has evolved, we've built cities and computers, probed into the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond, cured diseases, and developed thousa...

WATCH: Adorable Tortoises Use Touch-Screens To Win Berries

LiveScience | Laura Geggel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Science

Touch-screen technology has ventured into the world of reptiles. Red-footed tortoises have learned how to use the device in exchange for a strawberr...

Aquarium Fish May Be Much Smarter Than We Thought

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.04.2014 | Science

Move over, chimpanzees — there's a new brainiac in town, and this one has gills. A species of aquarium fish has a surprisingly long memory — it...

Dolphins Even Cleverer Than We Thought?

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.25.2014 | Science

Dolphins can use sponges as tools to snag food they could not otherwise grab, researchers say. This is the first direct evidence that dolphins can u...

Monkeys' Amazing Ability Casts Doubt On 'Processing' Theory

| Sarah C. P. Williams | Posted 04.22.2014 | Science

It looks like a standardized test question: Is the sum of two numbers on the left or the single number on the right larger?Rhesus macaques that have ...

WATCH: Crows Are WAY Smarter Than You Think

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Science

Crows are famously clever creatures — so much so that the birds' intelligence was recognized in ancient lore. In the story of "The Crow and the Pi...

This Chicken Plays The Piano, Scoffs At Birdbrain Reputation

Posted 02.27.2014 | Green

Chickens get a bad rap. They run around with their heads cut off, they "chicken out" of things, and they cross the road for numerous unfunny reasons. ...

Humans AREN'T The Smartest Species?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.12.2013 | Science

Think humans are way smarter than other animals? Not so fast, Einstein! Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia argue in an upcomi...

Gators, Crocs Are Smarter Than We Thought

| Erik Stokstad | Posted 12.08.2013 | Science

As predators go, there are lots of reasons to respect alligators and crocodiles. They hide patiently for hours, then launch a sudden attack with the s...

What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Good To Each Other

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living

Our animal counterparts have quite a few lessons to offer (the value of napping, for one). Humans are fundamentally social animals, and in learning to...

Polly Want a Life!!

Steve Zack | Posted 11.07.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

What is the social and ecological context in nature of this bird's remarkable mimicry and problem-solving abilities? Its intelligence and sentience didn't arise in a vacuum. Further, do African Greys play an important role in these forests?

Descartes the Bogeyman -- and the Dog Who's Nailing His Coffin Shut

John W. Pilley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
John W. Pilley

Despite resounding blows against the Cartesian system from giants such as Charles Darwin and B. F. Skinner, countless researchers have continued to march, zombie-like, in Descartes's footsteps, insisting that animals lack conscious minds and cannot think, feel, or reason.

WATCH: Lock-Picking Parrots Stun Scientists

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.26.2013 | Science

From riding tiny scooters to dubstepping on the fridge, cockatoos have done some pretty amazing things. And new research shows that these clever birds...

Are Apes Capable Of 'Time Travel?'

| Virginia Morell | Posted 07.19.2013 | Science

A single cue -- the taste of a madeleine, a small cake, dipped in lime tea -- was all Marcel Proust needed to be transported down memory lane. He had...

WATCH: Super-Smart Dog Understands Sentences

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.24.2013 | Science

Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Chaser, a 9-year-old border collie that gained fame for understanding more than 1,000 English word...

Animal Smarts

Allen Frances | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Accumulating evidence suggests that animals are a lot smarter and humans are a lot dumber than we previously thought. A recent study shows that the short term memory of chimpanzees far exceeds what we can expect from ourselves.

Tool Use, Culture and Human Hubris

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

People tend to believe that our species is superior to and separate from the animal kingdom, that we are the end point of the evolution of life on earth. That notion is not only false but extraordinarily dangerous.

Even Big Dinos Had Ridiculously Puny Brains, Skull Fossil Suggests

Posted 01.24.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/23/2013 06:51 PM EST on LiveScience An advanced member of the largest group of dinosaurs...

Common Bird Might Be 'Mind Reader,' Researchers Say

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter Are crows mind readers? Recent studies have suggested that the birds hide food because they think others will steal it -- a comple...

WATCH: Brainy Bird Makes, Uses Tool To Fetch Food

| Posted 11.06.2012 | Science

By Virginia Morell Figaro may not be as talented an inventor as Leonardo da Vinci, but among Goffin's cockatoos, he's a prodigy. In their natural ha...

Top Scientific Minds Declare That We Are Just One Among Many Animals

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Can any human speak even one word of another animal's language? No, but perhaps it's better that way, because if we could speak to them, how would we explain our systematic use and abuse of all the other species?

Someone, Not Something: The Truth of Cats and Chickens

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

We get to see firsthand how these animals also have personalities, interests, and individuality -- that they are also someone, not something. But it's not just individuality that defines farm animals.