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Kanzi has good taste. He likes oranges, cherries and grapes. He points to what he wants on a lexigram, a computerised touchscreen device on which each symbol represents a word. Kanzi can use 500 words and when he is talked to, he can understand a few thousand.
 animal intelligence
The EU Commissioners are ‘mandating’ farmers to use herbal homeopathic methods for treating sick animals. We can reliably say that, because homeopathy requires diluting ‘remedies’ a million or a billion times, it simply does not work.
 homeopathy veterinary farmer animal European Commission pseudoscience
Traces of animal life have been found in rocks dating back 635 million years. The evidence takes the form of chemical markers that are highly distinctive of sponges when they die and their bodies break down in rock-forming sediments. The discovery in Oman pushes back the earliest accepted date for animal life on Earth by tens of millions of years.
 sponge Oman ancient life Earth animal
At least 235 marine species are living in both polar regions, despite being 12,000km apart, a census has found.


 animal ocean ice diversity biology pole
Cows, pigs, sheep and poultry have been awarded the dubious honour of being among the world's greatest environmental threats, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


 animal global warming climate change emissions
Why budding Valentines should look to the animal kingdom for tips on romantic attachment. Rabbits, deer, dogs, tigers... always at it, if you believe the innuendos. Humans, on the other hand, are considered more gentle and refined, due to their increased intelligence and heightened emotions. In fact, when it comes to the key qualities of attraction, humans and animals share more than one might think.


 sex evolution animal attraction love
A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers. Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles. ... There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can...


 future animal chimpanzee intelligence planning consciousness
The rarity of the royal lines is actually an evolutionary strategy by the cheats, to escape suppression by the altruistic masses that they exploit.


 ant intelligence animal
Guess this could be generalized to "Human proximity to anything s/he loves!" Tomáš J. Fülöpp
 intelligence animal love cat inanity
It's not just humans that calculate about giving, and it's not just humans who expect to be given something in return when they are co-operative. ... Orangutans do that too. However, other apes - chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos - were less able or willing to play the game.


 animal intelligence orangutan reciprocity trade
Thinkers as diverse as Freud, Engels and Thomas Carlyle once pointed to the use of tools as defining behaviour of human beings. Then it was found that many animals also used them, from the "fishing sticks" of apes to the rocks dropped on ostrich eggs by Egyptian vultures. ... The young (crows of New Caledonia) instinctively seize twigs in their beaks and use them to retrieve food from crevices ...


 animal intelligence
In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show that ants can accomplish a task more rationally than our – multimodal, egg-headed, tool-using, bipedal, opposing-thumbed – selves.


 evolution logic decision ant irrational robotics animal intelligence collective intelligence
A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered. Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination. What's more, people are unwittingly helping the mega-colony...


 ecology evolution environment ant animal intelligence migration collective intelligence global