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  • Elephants Understand Human Gestures

    10/14/2013 8:38:08 AM PDT · by null and void · 88 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | October 10, 2013 | University of St Andrews
    Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews. The new study, published October 10, 2013 by Current Biology, found that elephants are the only wild animals to understand human pointing without any training to do so. The researchers, Anna Smet and Professor Richard Byrne from the University’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience, set out to test whether African elephants could learn to follow pointing — and were surprised to find them responding successfully from the first trial. They said, “In our study we found that African elephants spontaneously...