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Animal Intelligence

WATCH: Crows Are WAY Smarter Than You Think

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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.

Adorable Video! Dolphin And Dog Kiss!

Posted 06.27.2012 | Green

It seems like woman and man may have some competition when it comes to being a dog's best friend. This classic clip from the 2000 IMAX film "Dolphi...

Brain Studies Yield Surprises About Animal Intelligence

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 06.25.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- It's not just man's closer primate relatives that exhibit brain power. Dolphins, dogs and elephants are teaching us a few lessons, too. ...

The Cat-vs.-Dog IQ Debate Revisited

Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Science
Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph.D.

Which are smarter: dogs or cats? This IQ debate has been raising the hackles of dog and cat lovers for decades, if not centuries. And dogs usually win paws-down. For one thing, dogs have larger brains than cats, and the larger the brain, the smarter the animal -- or so the theory goes.

Can a Chimp Outwit a Scientist?

David Edmund Moody | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
David Edmund Moody

Scientists are mistrustful of anthropomorphism, the tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and other non-human entities. But what about the equal danger of the insistence that certain abilities are unique to humans?

Watch: Is This Fish Using Tools?

Posted 09.11.2011 | Weird News

A professional diver has captured what are believed to be the first pictures of a wild fish using a tool. The picture shows a foot-long blackspot ...

The Bible and Human 'Dominion' Over Animals: Superiority or Responsibility?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Part of the story of God's creating the universe in seven days involves creating a cosmos that God made to be good. Human beings must maintain an order that allows each thing to be and do all of what it is and does, animals included.

What Our Pets Know That We Don't

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

We humans are learning that our pets are pretty smart creatures. Not only have they managed to negotiate free room and board for life, they also help people heal and have learned how to communicate with us using our own language.

The World's Most Intelligent Animals (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Eve Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Animals do some amazing things... every week a new video goes viral, proving just how fascinatingly smart animals really are. Check out this slideshow...