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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:38 pm

An international team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the University of Oxford has revealed that New Caledonian crows are able to create tools by combining two or more otherwise non-functional elements, an ability so far observed only in humans and great apes.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:42 pm



Researchers presented 8 crows with combinable elements too short to retrieve food targets.

Four crows spontaneously combined elements to make functional tools, and did so conditionally on the position of food. One of them made 3- and 4-piece tools when required.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:43 pm



New Caledonian crows can remember what a tool looks like and then make a new one just from memory.

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Post by Cloud on Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:44 pm

That crow is so beautiful. I love you always liked them

Short story: My dad's first wife, he proposed to her, she would leave her ring on the cabinet. A crow would always drop by and visit, one day he flew inside, grabbed the engagement ring and it was never to be seen again. Crafty little things they are.

Thanks for sharing Dragon hugs

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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:44 pm



Foraging for fat: Crafty crows use tools to fish for nutritious morsels.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:07 pm

Whoa!! Cloud.

So, I can assume, the relationship was never meant to be......


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Cloud wrote:That crow is so beautiful.  I love you always liked them

Short story: My dad's first wife, he proposed to her, she would leave her ring on the cabinet. A crow would always drop by and visit, one day he flew inside, grabbed the engagement  ring and it was never to be seen again. Crafty little things they are.

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Post by Cloud on Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:08 pm

You're right, it didn't last. The crow knew Wink

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