naughtyrev: I would think that elephants understanding human gestures would be a significant survival trait at this point.
fusillade762: This makes them the only non-human animals to understand the gesture without being trained to do so.I have a hard time believing that pointing is a hard cue to follow.
ZAZ: A study a few years ago showed that one difference between wolves and dogs is, dogs understand pointing.
doglover: Scientists are so farking slow to clean house.Humans are part of nature. Our intelligence is as similar blood, skeletons, organs, etc because it all comes from the same evolutionary chain! Enough trying to cling to outdated vivisectionist BS about animals being autonmatons.
LrdPhoenix: fusillade762: This makes them the only non-human animals to understand the gesture without being trained to do so.I have a hard time believing that pointing is a hard cue to follow.Haven't read the article yet, but most animals just don't get it. They just look at your hand and don't understand that it's trying to direct them to something. I don't even think chimpanzees have an understanding of it. There's just no symbological recognition for it, which comes out of our ability to abstract.
SevenizGud: Yeah, similar situation with the brain. Both humans and elephants have brains, therefore it must be a case of convergent evolution...both species developing the brain since the time of the split...convergently. It couldn't be that, you know, the thing developed prior to the split, and was maintained in both species since.Stupid scientists.
fusillade762: I have a hard time believing that pointing is a hard cue to follow.
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