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Crows spontaneously solve higher-order relational-matching tasks

Crows Are Smarter Than You Think

Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence—they can remember faces, use tools, and communicate in sophisticated ways. But a newly published study involving the University of Iowa and Professor Ed Wasserman finds crows also have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously. That means crows join humans, apes, and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking, according to the research.

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