Humans and crows: not so unalike

I’ve never been a huge fan of crows. It’s not that I have a phobia of birds or anything like that, because I do like most birds. But, crows are not one of my favourites, and quite honestly, they give me the creeps.

Despite my lack of appreciation for these birds, as it turns out, we as humans are rather similar to crows, according to an article from The Good News Network.

“Two crows, Ozzy and Glen, at the University of Tübingen in Germany were trained to peck at a red or blue target after they saw a light flash. Andreas Nieder, the scientist administering the test, then did something very difficult for even young children to grasp: he began changing the rules.

“When at first the objective was to peck the red panel when a flash was detected, Nieder changed it to blue, which the crows picked up on and followed before Nieder changed it back to red. Furthermore, he would change the rule after the flash had already occurred or hadn’t occurredgiving the birds a few seconds to review what they knew about the task and make the correct corresponding choice.

“This meant that they not only attached a phenomenon to a physical motion, but were able to review that in their head, and apply the same (could you say logic, or inference?) to the task again to continue pecking the correct panel.

“Indeed crow brains can contain 1.5 billion neurons—as many as some monkeys.

“With the possibility of crows, and perhaps other animals outside the mammalian order having complex if differently formed brains, it could change the way humans view our earthly neighbors and perhaps replicate the respect we have for monkeys and apes in other creatures,” the article explains.

There we have it, ladies and gentlemen. We really aren’t so different than crows after all.

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