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

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6. Octopuses

Tool use, it turns out, is not even limited to animals that have a spine. Scientists recently observed an octopus using a coconut shell as a mobile shelter. By carrying it along, the octopus could stop anywhere and crawl in, finding protection from potential predators while on the go.

Though no animal has exhibited the desire or ability to cooperate and transform the planet to the extent humans have, it’s clear that many species deserve more credit than they been given in the past.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

 

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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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Folks, willfull ignorance just cannot be fixed.

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