The Smartest Animals on the Planet: Extraordinary Tales of the Natural Worlds Cleverest Creatures by Sally BoysenHow animals communicate and learn -- sometimes better than humans do, actually.
This fascinating book, written by a world authority on animal intelligence, brings together the cumulative research on the comparative intelligence levels of nonhuman smart species. Sally Boysen reveals how these intelligent animals communicate, learn behavior, show feelings and emotions and, for some species, how they use tools, count and sometimes pick up a foreign language.
Fully illustrated with photographs and step-by-step graphics, the book draws on data from historical and current experiments and observations to examine intelligence in the great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans) and in a surprising list of other species, including sea otters, eagles, elephants, dolphins, birds, bees, beetles, rats, raccoons and parrots.
The books chapters are:
Comparing Animal Skills and Intelligence Animal Tool Use Communication in Animals Imitation and Social Learning Social Cognition and Emotion Self-recognition and Awareness Numerical Abilities in Animals Animals and Human Nonverbal Language. The Smartest Animals on the Planet is a beautiful, authoritative and up-to-date presentation on the remarkable intelligence of the animal kingdom.
10 of the smartest animals on Earth
List of the world's smartest animals, in order of their animal intelligence ranking. When putting this list of the smartest animals in the world together, I had to give myself criteria to follow. A complex brain is not a factor so much as the ability to use creative thinking. Sure, these are my own standards, and some might complain that this list is decidedly anthropomorphic— seeing as how I'm judging these smart animals by obvious human criteria. For example, why should creative thinking mean one animal is smarter than another animal that can remember the location of 2, individual nuts it buried over 2 years? That's just how I decided to do it.
Intelligence is one of the defining features of being human and it comes in various forms. There are also other types of intelligence which, in the process of understanding the workings of the human mind, we have tried to disentangle and define. However, when we talk of animal intelligence, we talk in quite different terms. The study of animal intelligence has a long history. We can define animal intelligence as the combination of skills and abilities that allow animals to live in and adapt to their specific environments. What does this actualy mean?
An Australian raven perched on a rail. Ravens are more than the subject of dark themes by writer Edgar Allan Poe. They are also extremely resourceful animals that have been known to multi-task.
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