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Animals Can Plan and Use Tools

Humans may not be the only animals that plan for the future, say researchers reporting on the latest studies of animal mental ability.  “I suggest we humans should keep our egos in check,” Edward Wasserman of the University of Iowa said Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Wasserman, a professor of experimental psychology, said that, like people, pigeons and baboons were able to tell which pictures showed similar items, such as triangles or dots, and which showed different items.  He spoke at a symposium on Animal Smarts, where researchers discussed the latest findings in the mental abilities of animals. In the last 20 years, there has been a major revolution in the understanding of animals, added Nicola Clayton, a professor of comparative cognition at the University of Cambridge in England. Animals not only use tools, but there is evidence that some of them save tools for future use, she said.

“Planning ahead was once thought to be unique to humans,” Clayton said. “We now know that’s not true.” 

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet and Animal Training, Pets, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment