Date: Fri Jun 10 2005 - 08:32:31 EDT
You will recall that, in connection with the thread "Why aren't non-labourers the source of value?" from April, we discussed (as a side issue) animal intelligence and tool-making. Note the following story: "Dolphin moms teach daughters how to use tools" <http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=827831> Excerpts: "... yet another example of how animals learn to use tools." "Their finding also seems to find a true animal case of culture -- a behavior that is passed along socially and not hot-wired into the genes ...." "... bottlenose dolphins are capable of social learning...." "They may be even better at imitating their peers than primates are ...." "Monkeys, birds and chimpanzees have all demonstrated behaviors that could be described as tool use and as culture."
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