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It is difficult for human beings to measure ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE. This is due to diverse evolutionary backgrounds that have equipped animals with different means of perceiving the world.

Delicate insect antennae or the tingling Ampullae of Lorenzini in cartilaginous fishes are some examples of senses that human beings cannot physically perceive. We also cannot detect the nuances within pheromones, the main pathway for animal "expression" in many species. Primate Intelligence. Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us. You might not think it to look at them, but prairie dogs and humans actually share an important commonality -- and it's not just their complex social structures, or their habit of standing up on two feet (aww, like people).

Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us

As it turns out, prairie dogs actually have one of the most sophisticated forms of vocal communication in the natural world, really not so unlike our own. After more than 25 years of studying the calls of prairie dog in the field, one researcher managed to decode just what these animals are saying. And the results show that praire dogs aren't only extremely effective communicators, they also pay close attention to detail. According to Dr. 6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out) Animals may be extremely well-organized and insanely ballsy, but we'll always have one giant advantage over them: our intelligence.

6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)

Also, cars and rocket launchers and such. Shell Game for Animals. Ravens have social abilities previously only seen in humans. Humans and their primate cousins are well known for their intelligence and social abilities.

Ravens have social abilities previously only seen in humans

You hear them called bird-brained, but birds have demonstrated a great deal of intelligence in many tasks. However, little is known about their social skills. A new study shows that ravens are socially savvier than we give them credit for. They are able to work out the social dynamics of other raven groups, something which only humans had shown the ability to do. Bullying in the community. Dolphins Understand Syntax. Operant conditioning. Diagram of operant conditioning Operant conditioning separates itself from classical conditioning because it is highly complex, integrating positive and negative conditioning into its practices; whereas, classical conditioning focuses only on either positive or negative conditioning but not both together.

Operant conditioning

Alex, the talking research African Grey. Do Dogs Speak Human? What's the Big Idea?

Do Dogs Speak Human?

Perhaps the better question is, do humans speak dog? Either way, the debate over whether language is unique to humans, or a faculty also possessed by wild and domestic animals from dogs to apes to dolphins, is an interesting one. The answer depends on exactly how we define "language," and who's doing the talking, says David Bellos, the Booker prize-winning translator. Dolphins learn tool-usage from mother. Sponge Moms: Dolphins learn tool use from their mothers Susan Milius Bottlenose dolphins that carry sea sponges on their beaks probably learned the trick from their moms rather than inheriting a sponge-shuttling gene, researchers say.

Dolphins learn tool-usage from mother

LIKE A GLOVE. A female bottlenose dolphin in Shark Bay, Australia, wraps her sensitive beak with a sea sponge. The covering probably protects against scrapes and stings while the dolphin searches for food along the ocean bottom. J. The sponges appear to protect the dolphins' beaks during foraging along rugged ocean bottoms, explains Michael Krützen of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Self-awareness. Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.[1] It is not to be confused with consciousness.

Self-awareness

While consciousness is being aware of one’s environment and body and lifestyle, self-awareness is the recognition of that consciousness.[2] Neurobiological basis[edit] CRACKED: 5 Diabolical Animals That Out-Witted Humans. Whether or not humans are the smartest species on the planet really depends on which animals and which humans you base it on.

CRACKED: 5 Diabolical Animals That Out-Witted Humans

After all, sometimes when people match wits with members of the animal kingdom, it doesn't turn out well for the humans. Mud Creek Grizzly vs. Scientists. Thinking the Way Animals Do. By Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Thinking the Way Animals Do

Department of Animal Science Colorado State University Western Horseman, Nov. 1997, pp.140-145 (Updated January 2015) Temple Grandin is an assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Donnie (dog) Donnie is a Doberman Pinscher dog who came to the attention of science due to his penchant for arranging his plush toys in geometric forms.[1] His owner rescued him from an animal shelter, and at first he was slow to learn, and very reluctant to interact socially with her.[2] He has appeared on the National Geographic Channel’s Dog Genius show.[1][3] On the show, he is shown arranging some of his 80 plush toys into evenly-spaced triangles and lines, and chooses to use, for example, only stuffed frogs or monkeys for a particular design.[4] He is shown creating his arrangements in his large yard in Maryland on remote video cameras without humans being present.

Donnie (dog)

He is even said to create social vignettes with the toys.[4][5] For example, the day after he first allowed his owner to put her arm around him, he placed a large bear with its arm around a smaller frog.[2][6] Dr. ACP - Cephalopods.