The Smartest Animals on the Planet

The Smartest Animals on the Planet

[extraordinary Tales of the World's Most Clever Creatures]

Book - 2009
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How animals communicate and learn -- sometimes better than humans do, actually .

This fascinating book, written by a world authority on animal intelligence, brings together the cumulative research on the comparative intelligence levels of nonhuman "smart" species. Sally Boysen reveals how these intelligent animals communicate, learn behavior, show feelings and emotions and, for some species, how they use tools, count and sometimes pick up a foreign language.

Fully illustrated with photographs and step-by-step graphics, the book draws on data from historical and current experiments and observations to examine intelligence in the great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans) and in a surprising list of other species, including sea otters, eagles, elephants, dolphins, birds, bees, beetles, rats, raccoons and parrots.

The book's chapters are:

Comparing Animal Skills and Intelligence Animal Tool Use Communication in Animals Imitation and Social Learning Social Cognition and Emotion Self-recognition and Awareness Numerical Abilities in Animals Animals and Human Nonverbal Language.

The Smartest Animals on the Planet is a beautiful, authoritative and up-to-date presentation on the remarkable intelligence of the animal kingdom.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9781554074563
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Custance, Deborah


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Dec 23, 2009

Excellent, a series of chapters with concise summaries of the most recent findings on how smart animals are. I recall reading about some of the findings only this year. Enjoyable look at the rest of the planet's inhabitants.


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