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The Brains of the Animal Kingdom: Primatologist Frans de Waal on memory-champ chimps, tool-using elephants and rats capable of empathy.




2013-03-24 - Washington, United States
Elephants use their trunks not only to reach food but also to sniff and touch it. With their unparalleled sense of smell, the animals know exactly what they are going for. Vision is secondary. But as soon as an elephant picks up a stick, its nasal passages are blocked. Even when the stick is close to the food, it impedes feeling and smelling. It is like sending a blindfolded child on an Easter egg hunt. What sort of experiment, then, would do justice to the animal´s special anatomy and abi...



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