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The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

14 Animal Intelligence News Articles from 2013
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12-21-13 Scandinavian scientists develop dog 'translator'
Scandinavian scientists develop dog 'translator'
A group of inventors in Sweden and Finland claims to be close to developing a dog-to-English translator.

11-25-13 Barn owl nestlings recognize their siblings' calls
Barn owl nestlings recognize their siblings' calls
Barn owl nestlings recognize their siblings' calls, according to researchers.

11-22-13 Bird alarm: Great tits use predator-specific calls
Bird alarm: Great tits use predator-specific calls
Great tits use different alarm calls for different predators, according to scientists in Japan.

10-31-13 Elephant society 'still disrupted decades after cull'
Elephant society 'still disrupted decades after cull'
African elephants' decision-making abilities are left impaired by culling operations that ended decades ago, University of Sussex research suggests.

10-31-13 Scientists decipher dog-tail wags
Scientists decipher dog-tail wags
Scientists have shed more light on how the movements of a dog's tail are linked to its mood.

10-14-13 Apes comfort each other 'like humans'
Apes comfort each other 'like humans'
Young bonobos that are more "socially competent" are more likely to cuddle and calm other apes that are in distress, research has revealed.

10-10-13 Elephants 'understand human gesture'
Elephants 'understand human gesture'
African elephants have demonstrated what appears to be an instinctive understanding of human gestures, according to UK scientists.

8-6-13 Dolphins have 'longest social memory' among non-humans
Dolphins have 'longest social memory' among non-humans
Forget about elephants - scientists say that dolphins have the longest memories yet found in a non-human species.

7-22-13 Dolphins 'call each other by name'
Dolphins 'call each other by name'
Scientists have found further evidence that dolphins call each other by "name".

7-4-13 Cockatoos crack lock-picking puzzle
Cockatoos crack lock-picking puzzle
Cockatoos can pick their way through a series of locks to reach a reward, scientists have found.

3-18-13 Swallows may be evolving to dodge traffic
Swallows may be evolving to dodge traffic
Road-kill numbers crash as birds shorten their wings to become more agile.

2-11-13 Dogs understand human perspective, say researchers
Dogs understand human perspective, say researchers
Dogs are more capable of understanding situations from a human's point of view than has previously been recognized, according to researchers.

1-28-13 Dolphins try to save dying companion
Dolphins try to save dying companion
Common dolphins have been seen gathering to aid a dying companion, trying to support it in the water and help it breathe.

1-24-13 Dung beetles guided by Milky Way
Dung beetles guided by Milky Way
They may be down in the dirt but it seems dung beetles also have their eyes on the stars.

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