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6 Species Proving Humans Aren’t the Only Intelligent Ones on the Planet

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2. Dolphins

Ever since Flipper hit theaters and TV screens in the 1960s, dolphins have been regarded as one of the most intelligent species on the planet. It was not until recently, however, that the true extent of this intelligence was acknowledged. Dolphins have exhibited “self-recognition, an understanding of symbol-based language, and distinct personalities.” In fact, some scientists have called “non-human person” status for dolphins.

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5:53AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Thank you.

12:17AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Add to that list the African Grey Parrot (see Alex ("Avian Learning Experiment"), easily as smart as a 3-5 year old human child, and the Kea, an alpine parrot of New Zealand that may even be smarter. Videos on YouTube.

6:10PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

...this might be my favorite all time c2 post.....wonderful...

its easy to see humans aren't the only ones with intelligence, in fact I really agree with Einstein "the only two things that infinite -- the universe and humanity stupidity, and I 'm not sure about the universe".........

9:31AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

great article, thank you

8:06AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Is it wrong of me to believe that animals are in many ways more intelligent than humans?

3:29PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Human intelligence?? I guess I watch the news to much.

7:35AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:09PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

We can learn so much from the animals. We have but there is always more.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Every day my African Grays prove to me how smart they are

8:11PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

I've always thought animals were more intelligent than humans.

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