"We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us."
is a photo series featuring animals exploring a grocery store.
Staying_On-Topic in r/intelligentanimals posts a huge number of links explaining why Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, etc) are amazing.
Aesop's tale of the clever crow
just might be a case of astute observation
(Somehow, the story lacks the same panache when a great ape
is the hero.)
Crows can tell people apart. Can you tell crows apart?
Are scrub jays and ravens as smart as chimpanzees?
Studies by Nathan J. Emery and Nicola S. Clayton suggest that crows, ravens, jays and other members of Corvidae may be chimpanzees mental equals. Evidence suggesting this includes tool making
, the ability to use memories of past experiences and plan for the future
, and relatively large brains.
“Tool Use In Animals”
, a tidy little informative set of pages from Dr. Robert Cook's much larger “Animal Cognition & Learning Website
” at Tufts University. See also (worth repeating because it’s the coolest thing ever
) the previously featured
“Betty the Crow
”. ◊via milovoo in Ask MetaFilter◊
Tool Making Crow
"In the experiments, a captive female crow, confronted with a task that required a curved tool (retrieving a food-containing bucket from a vertical pipe), spontaneously bent a piece of straight wire into a hooked shape -- and then repeated the behavior in nine out of ten subsequent trials." The behavior was captured on an amazing video clip
According to a study published in today's issue of the journal Science
, orangutans have been passing on a shared culture for generations (free registration required to view entire study). To what degree are animals intelligent
? Are primates more intelligent
than other animals? What about crows
and ravens? (My favorite subject of animal intelligence studies is still Koko the gorilla