Bees are even smarter than we thought

Bees are even smarter than we thought

A bee learns to find sugar water in spheres, not cubes. Credit: Lars Chittka.

Bees have a lot going on in their teeny brains; with less than a million neurons compared to the 86 billion that humans boast, they can achieve an impressive array of tasks from basic maths to connecting numbers and symbols.

Now scientists have shown they can perform a complex cognitive feat thought to be unique to humans and a select group of animals such as apes, rats and dolphins: transfer information about an object from one sense to another.


Published by Cosmos.

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