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(Scientific American)   Tool use observed in crocodylians. Soon to make boots out of Floridians   ( ) divider line
    More: Interesting, saltwater crocodiles, animal behaviorist, waterfowl, finches, monogamy, scarab beetles, alligators, crocodiles  
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2013-12-02 08:05:16 AM  
Pretty soon they'll be using meth, whiskey, and Arbys as bait.
2013-12-02 08:33:57 AM  
Well most snow birds already have leather like skin
2013-12-02 08:51:21 AM
Well, that's just great.  And I'm out of hurricanes.
2013-12-02 09:15:08 AM  
I dunno about tool  use. Certainly not tool manipulation. They had me worried that crocs and gators could actually... use... a tool, not just carry around a stick. Baiting and camouflage aren't the same as using an object to change another. Something like dolphins with shells for digging, chimps with sticks as both weapons and digging purposes, etc. Would you consider a dog carrying a stick to be a tool user? I think the implication of tool use requires some level of... more than carrying it. Using it to interact with other objects is a necessity.

Chimps and  corvids remain the only non-humans to actually manipulate tools (modify an object to make it a better tool)? Good, I was concerned about gators haven't that ability, it requires a fairly intelligent animal.
2013-12-02 10:33:57 AM  

Skleenar: Well, that's just great.  And I'm out of hurricanes.

That, and a brain aneurysm are two of my biggest fears!
2013-12-02 10:46:25 AM  
Laugh now, but soon they'll be stealing our water and Marc Singers!
2013-12-02 11:56:55 AM  
Woo!  Stealth Green.
2013-12-02 12:11:38 PM
2013-12-03 02:16:06 AM  
We all know what comes next.

(Insert Gorn photo here)
2013-12-03 06:52:34 AM
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