04 October 2009

Hyenas in cahoots outperform primates

…sez Futurity.org:

Hyenas in cahoots outperform primates:

…Captive pairs of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) that needed to tug two ropes in unison to earn a food reward cooperated successfully and learned the maneuvers quickly with no training. Experienced hyenas even helped inexperienced partners do the trick.

"When confronted with a similar task, chimpanzees and other primates often require extensive training, and cooperation between individuals may not be easy, says Christine Drea, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University.…

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