DailyDirt: Are Animals Getting Smarter?

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As people study animals in more depth, we’re finding out that animals may be smarter than previously thought. There might be some confirmation bias in some of these studies, since no one really looks for animals that are dumber. But it’s still fascinating to see complex animal behavior that suggests their cognitive abilities aren’t so different from humans. Here are a few examples of some interesting animal observations.

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Beta (profile) says:

as smart as they need to be to survive

I remember reading years ago about the problem of designing food lockers for use in Yosemite National Park– the idea being that tourists could store their food in them, and bears would be unable to get them open. One ranger summed up the problem:

“There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists.”

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