Pigeons on par with primates in numerical competence.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Scarf, Damian; Hayne, Harlene; Colombo, Michael
Year of Publication: 2011
Journal: Science
Volume: 334
Issue: 6063
Pagination: 1664
Date Published: 2011 Dec 23
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1095-9203
Keywords: Animals, Biological Evolution, Cognition, Columbidae, Discrimination (Psychology), Macaca mulatta, Mathematical Concepts, Reaction Time

Although many animals are able to discriminate stimuli differing in numerosity, only primates are thought to share our ability to employ abstract numerical rules. Here, we show that this ability is present in pigeons and that their performance is indistinguishable from that displayed by monkeys.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1213357
Alternate Journal: Science
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