Crows Perform Yet Another Skill Once Thought Distinctively Human

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Date of Publication: November 2

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: New York, NY

Publisher: Springer Nature

Journal: Scientific American

Scientists demonstrate that crows are capable of recursion—a key feature in grammar. Not everyone is convinced.

Crows are some of the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom. They are capable of making rule-guided decisions and of creating and using tools. They also appear to show an innate sense of what numbers are. Researchers now report that these clever birds are able to understand recursion—the process of embedding structures in other, similar structures—which was long thought to be a uniquely human ability.

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