7 Animals Smarter Than
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Well, maybe they aren't really smarter, but these
seven animals have skills humans only dream of --
another reason to pay some respect when we encounter
them in the wild.
Most humans need maps and a compass to
return home after a long journey. The homing
pigeon can return from more than 1,100
miles) without any guidance.
Homing pigeons have iron-containing
structures in their beak. The iron helps
them sense Earth’s magnetic field and
identify their geographical position.
Research indicates this magnetic charm is
present in other birds as well.
world’s many varieties of ants have amazing
skills. The Amazon's mycocepurus
smithii ant is a
species that can reproduce via cloning. They
are an all-female breed.
By reproducing this way, the ants
avoid the energy needed to reproduce males.
This doubles the rate of female births.
Unlike us humans, ants have also
learned super efficient ways to organize
The trap-jaw ant can close its
mandibles at 0.13 milliseconds. That's
2,300 times faster than the blink of an eye.
This allows them to jump enormous heights
for their size.
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Elephants can keep track of up to 30
absent members of their family by sniffing
out their scent and building a mental map of
where they are.
Elephants can tell whether a human is
friendly or a threat by their scent and
color of clothing. So good luck trying to
In Zimbabwe, the termite species
Macrotermes michaelseni farm the fungus they eat
inside their mounds. While outdoor
temperatures range from 104°F to 35°F, the
fungus will only grow at 87°F. The termites constantly open and close
heating and cooling vents in their mound to
maintain a constant 87°F.
This method is so useful that it's been used in human buildings.
The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe is modeled after the termites’
Some people claim chimps are
geniuses. Other's say they are only as smart
as a 3-year-old. But one area in which
chimps are smarter than humans is
Young chimpanzees have an
extraordinary memory. Small chimps can
recall number sequences better than grown
adults. Not too shabby!
Despite the numbers of
shrinking animal populations, crows are
thriving everywhere in the world except the
Arctic and the Southern tip of South
Their amazing ability to adapt quickly
live in cities show they could be a lot more
of them in the future than us.
After humans, dolphins are the
world's most intelligent creatures.
One zoologist said “neuroanatomy
suggests psychological continuity between
humans and dolphins,” and said we should
interactions. Another scientist calls them
Dolphins have communication skills
similar to humans’. They are cultural
animals with distinct personalities. They
can think about the future, among other
How long will these clever animals put
up with human abuse? We hope not too long.
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