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5 Animals Who Make Art

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2. Seals

Seals in captivity have been taught to paint and use colors. But as Kaplan and Rogers point out, they are colorblind. The cells of their retinas contain only green cones, so they can only see green. It is not clear why or how they choose different colors of paint.

While not related to seals, whales and dolphins (who have also been known to paint in captivity) have the same monochromatic vision. Kaplan and Rogers say that it is “likely to have evolved for life in the sea.”

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12:23PM PDT on May 29, 2014

the fact is animals have never in history created any artwork anywhere in the world and never will in a natural environment, but human children do it out of instinct naturally without any incentive or being taught. Reason being, man was created, Neanderthal dna does not exist in people of african decent because the were to far apart to breed, man did not evolve, also just recently discovered is part of mans dna has genes plucked out and encrypted switches in the dna encryption are not found in animal dna. I hate to break the news to ya but man was simply made by God and news scientific discoveries in genetics only proves that fact. If people of african decent do not have Neanderthal dna in them then it is impossible for modern man to have evolved from them. People of european decent have traces of their dna because some of them breed with them. Sorry to have to break the news to ya but man did not evolve modern man was made and God is the missing link

10:05AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

i just wasted 2 min watching cows lick salt blocks on a blog that claims 5 animals have started creating art, and this was one of the examples??? FAIL!

12:58PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

I am not sure what makes humans think we are so darn unique.. we just aren't

12:17PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Not art for me; just funny. :)

12:56PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:09AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Cool! Thanks

12:06AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Noted- thank you

10:35PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

David V. - I was thinking the same thing.

6:42AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

What kind of person needs to capture or breed, and forever cage a satient being in order to experiment on him/her to see if they enjoy making art? Would we imprison our children to see if they "like" their art work? Some PhD's got research funding for this. In college, they teach kids to do the same - more animal experimentation. We are so stupid. Look at the bigger picture here. If we want to know this simply go hiking and for once, be quiet.

5:43PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

a good read.

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