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2014-04-02 12:35:10

Study finds pigeons and other animals can place everyday things in categories like humans Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren't the only ones up to the task. According to researchers at the University of Iowa, pigeons share our ability to place everyday things in categories. And, like people, they can hone in on visual information that is...

Chimps Use Gestures When Searching For Food
2014-01-18 05:28:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Chimpanzees are able to communicate with gestures to search for a piece of food, according to a study appearing in the January 16 edition of the journal Nature Communications. Dr. Charles Menzel of the Georgia State University Language Research Center and colleagues examined a pair of language-trained chimps as they communicated with a human researcher in an attempt to locate food. They found “compelling evidence” that the...

Bird Brain Map Gets Major Revisions
2013-09-18 08:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using state-of-the-art genetic and diagnostic tools, researchers from Duke University and the University of California, San Diego have re-contextualized the map of the avian brain, as described to two separate papers published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. The researchers noted many similarities between the avian brain and mammalian brain – leading them to conclude that all vertebrates have more in common with respect to...

2013-09-05 23:20:21

Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S. laboratory, is pleased to announce two new residents, Tatu and Loulis. As infants, the chimpanzees acquired American Sign Language and continued in sign language studies at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) at Central Washington University. Chambly, QC (PRWEB) September 05, 2013 Fauna Foundation in Chambly, Quebec, a sanctuary for chimpanzees, most retired from a U.S....

Bird Brain Wiring Similar To Human Brain
2013-07-17 11:48:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Calling someone a 'bird brain' is usually intended as an insult, but researchers from Imperial College London have discovered that human and avian brains aren't so different after all. Professor Murray Shanahan of the university's Department of Computing and his colleagues have developed the first-ever map of a typical bird's brain, demonstrating how different areas are interconnected in order to process information. By...

String Task Teaches Pigeons To Peck At Virtual Dishes
2013-05-29 16:03:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A cursory examination of any pigeon´s behavior might suggest that the birds peck randomly at things that may or may not be there. However, a new study from a group of American and Japanese researchers showed that pigeons could learn to peck intelligently at a virtual food dish. The study was based on the "string task," a tried-and-true intelligence test that involves attaching a treat to one of two strings and seeing if the...

Cockatoo Makes Its Own Tools
2012-11-06 07:18:51

[ Watch the Video: Cockatoo Making And Using Own Tools ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Goffin's cockatoo, a species not known for tool use in the wild, has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects. The cockatoo named Figaro was raised in captivity and currently lives near Vienna. A new study, published in Current Biology, shows Figaro using his powerful beak to cut long splinters out of wooden beams and...

2012-08-12 23:01:02

Author, inspired by the splendor of whales, describes spiritual interactions with animals TRINITY, Newfoundland (PRWEB) August 13, 2012 Some of the most passionate activists are those who fight for the lives of whales and dolphins, such as on the Animal Planet television series. Finding majesty and intelligence in whales — some of nature´s most fascinating creatures — biophysical research scientist Peter Beamish wrote “Dancing with Nature” (published by Trafford...

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2012-08-01 19:15:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When University of Washington marine biologist Kate Stafford set out to record whale songs in the remote, icy waters off the coast of Greenland, she had no idea that her microphones would pick up a chorus of bowhead whales, potentially signifying a resurgence of the endangered animal. Stafford detailed the five winter months of nearly 60 unique songs in an article published this week in the open-access journal Endangered Species...