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7 Animals Smarter Than Humans

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7 Animals Smarter Than Humans

By Paula Alvarado, TreeHugger

Bodies that work with the Earth’s magnetic field to determine location. Female-only societies. Telling whether you’re a friend or a jerk there to make trouble with just one whiff. Homes so efficient they keep one steady temperature all the time. No, we’re not talking about new X-Men or other comic book characters, we’re talking about animals with skills we can only dream of.

These seven animals are way smarter than us — just another reason to pay some respect when we encounter them in the wild.

1. Homing Pigeons
While most humans need several types of maps and a compass to find their way home after a long journey, the homing pigeon can return from extremely long distances (more than 1,100 miles) without any guidance.

Well, as a matter of fact, they do have some help: According to research by the University of Frankfurt, these pigeons have iron-containing structures in their beaks, which help them sense the Earth’s magnetic field independent of their motion and posture, and thus identify their geographical position.

Research results released this year indicate this magnetic charm is present in other birds as well.

Image Credit: digitalART2 / Flickr

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1:15PM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Thank You ...

6:38PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

All animals are beautiful and intelligent. Thanks for the article.

1:01PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thanks~

11:46PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Animals are Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

7:59AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks for the article.

2:26AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks

6:13PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

All precious on that list! A real shame that man has little respect and appreciation for all of these. Thanks

5:06PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

7:02AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:43AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

thankyou i already knew that though,hahah

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