Bugging & debugging life

February 23, 2007

Of all the animals, man is the only one that…

Filed under: Debugging — femalebug @ 1:39 pm

I remember being taught at school that humans were so much different from animals because of many traits: they were the only one specie able to make & use tools, had a language, etc.

Nowadays these 2 particular abilities are crossed of the list as chimpanzees use spears to hunt mammals, crows use tools to gather food and chimpanzees can be taught to use the American Sign Language.

Today, today’s issue of Nature has a paper saying that one more once thought exclusive human behavior, planning for the future, has been identified in scrub-jays. These birds are capable of storing up to 100,000 nuts in 30,000 different caches, and retrieving the stored food up to 9 months later.

Come to think about it, why this is news? Ants store food for winter, dogs hide bones [hope you don’t need link for that, do you?].

Sure, the birds have exceptional memory.

It’s good studies have been made also to research unique animal behaviors. Men don’t have collective minds.

What makes humans unique? And how many abilities from this list will be crossed off in the future?

If you were to finish the phrase:

Of all the animals, man is the only one that…

what would you say?

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4 Comments »

  1. would compliment you for asking a good question

    Comment by dhart — February 24, 2007 @ 10:49 am

  2. Of all the animals, man is the only one that…
    can create the Internet and constantly post articles reducing Humans to the level of animals.

    Comment by reddragon (1) — February 24, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  3. Of all the animals, man is the only one that…
    creates representational art.

    Comment by nashvilleguy — February 24, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

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    Comment by Scrubs Vet — October 13, 2014 @ 3:27 pm


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