Power games may make animals smarter

Power games may make animals smarter

Credit: Andy Radford (meerkat) and Michalis Mantelos (red-ruffed lemur)

Animals display some awe-inspiring feats of intelligence, from making tools and counting to eavesdropping, making deceptive calls and learning new tricks.

This has long fascinated scientists, but what drives the evolution of this intelligence remains “one of the most hotly debated topics in biology”, says Benjamin Ashton from the University of Bristol, UK, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.


Published by Cosmos.

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