Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock would be pleased

The Birds are apparently capable of at least rudimentary self-awareness:
#30: Magpies Recognize Themselves in the Mirror
People don’t have a monopoly on the ability to recognize themselves in mirrors. Great apes, bottlenose dolphins, and Asian elephants have also passed the mirror test, showing a capacity for self-recognition that is believed to be a sign of a rudimentary sense of self. In August, in a paper in PLoS Biology, scientists described the first nonmammalian species that can claim membership in this exclusive club: the European magpie, a member of the corvid family, which also includes crows and ravens.

HT:Mad Latinist via email.

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