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November 07, 2004

Who'll inherit the earth again?

PZ Myers - who I need to add to the blogroll - offers this video of a crow dismantling the barrier between us vaunted Homo sapiens and all those other, lesser animals. Yeehaw!

PZ's description:

The crow has the job of lifting a bucket with a food reward out of the tube…and all it’s given to do the job is a straight piece of wire. Watch it make a hook in the wire so it can snag the handle of the bucket and lift it out.

Proper citation (thanks, Ian):
Shaping of Hooks in New Caledonian Crows
Alex A. S. Weir, Jackie Chappell, Alex Kacelnik
Science, Vol 297, Issue 5583, 981 , 9 August 2002

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Comments

That video is just wonderful. I've always thought that we just happened to acquire "sapiens" status first. Given enough time and "room", I can think of a number of critters that just might have come up with their own space program.

Ravens and one particular Gray Jay have given me my favorite wilderness moments.

Posted by: OGeorge at November 7, 2004 04:31 PM
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To give proper credit, that video is taken (probably without permission) from an article in Science a couple of years ago:

Shaping of Hooks in New Caledonian Crows
Alex A. S. Weir, Jackie Chappell, Alex Kacelnik
Science, Vol 297, Issue 5583, 981 , 9 August 2002

Ian

Posted by: Ian at November 8, 2004 06:09 AM
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