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August 18, 2011

Elephants Can Use Insight to Solve Problems

Elephants Can Use Insight to Solve Problems

Via ScienceNOW, 8/18/11

Highly social and clever and cooperative with tools, elephants are often near the top of the brainiest creatures list. Now, scientists have added a new talent to elephants’ mental repertoire: The ability to solve a problem using insight—that aha! moment when your internal light bulb switches on and you figure out the solution to a puzzle. Previously, only a limited number of species, including certain primates, crows, and parrots were known to have this ability.

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