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Animal Intelligence

When Animals Teach, It's Special

Carl Safina | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Like toolmaking, teaching was once thought to be an exclusive capacity of the human mind. It's not, but teaching is rare, and teachers are an elite group.

Bear Known For Lounging Shows She *Nose* Computers

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Science

Are bears brainier than we thought? New research on Migwan, a North American black bear at the Detroit Zoo, shows that bears are able to connect photo...

These Birds May Rival Chimps In Their Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science

Corvids, the family of birds that includes crows and ravens, give a whole new meaning to the term "bird brain." They show the same level of self-regul...

Up Close With a Very Smart Orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Green
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After six decades of Zoo visits on five continents, and a number of safari treks through animal habitats in Southern and Western Africa, I frankly tho...

Apes May Be Much Closer To Human Speech Than We Realized

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.19.2015 | Science

Koko has been called the "world's most intelligent gorilla." The beloved 44-year-old western lowland gorilla uses over 1,000 signs from American Sign ...

Horses Use Complex Facial Expressions Nearly Identical To Humans

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science

The ability to use complex facial expressions to convey emotion isn't unique to humans -- chimpanzees, dogs and cats also possess this ability. Scient...

Pigs Are Highly Social And Really Smart. So, About Eating Them...

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green

Pigs like to play. They're smart. They have good long-term memories, and they can be socially manipulative with other pigs. They can tell which people...

WATCH: Cautious Chimps Look Both Ways Before Crossing

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.18.2015 | Science

Look both ways before you cross the street! That life-saving precaution was drilled into us as children -- and apparently chimpanzees have picked it u...

Think Fido Remembers That Fun Game Of Fetch? Think Again

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.04.2015 | Science

Sorry to break it to you, but your dog probably has no recollection of that fun game of fetch the two of you played yesterday. And that yummy treat yo...

How Smart Are Elephants?

Quora | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 strawberry,...

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 c...

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 us...

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 b...

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 Pitc...

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...