18 Jul '11, 12am

Add fish to the list of “creatures that use tools” (via @mongabay)

Add fish to the list of “creatures that use tools” (via @mongabay)

Video: Octopus joins elite club of tool-users with coconut sanctuary (12/15/2009) Highly-intelligent, octopuses have been observed opening containers, navigating mazes, and escaping from cages. Now, researchers have discovered a new intellectual feat for the octopus: tool use. Once the province of humans only, over the last 50 years researchers have discovered that many species—including primates, apes, and birds—employ tools, but the octopus is the first invertebrate. Brainy lizards rival birds in intelligence (07/13/2011) Reptiles have long been thought to be dim-witted, but a new study in Biology Letters finds that the Puerto Rican anole, a type of lizard, can match birds in smarts. Using cognitive tests that have been previously used on birds, researchers with Duke University found that the lizards were capable of solving a problem they've never encountered before, rem...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0717-hance_fish_tools.html

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