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Old 02-16-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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10 Animals That Use Tools
By Charles Q. Choi, Special to LiveScience
posted: 14 December 2009 12:01 pm ET

10 Animals That Use Tools | LiveScience
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Scientists once thought of tool use as a defining feature of humans, but increasingly research is showing adept tool users on land, air and sea in the animal kingdom. Investigating how such behavior developed in this diverse mix promises to shed light on how tool use might have originated in humanity...
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Coconut-Carrying Octopus: Tool Use in an Invertebrate
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Coconut-carrying octopus: Tool use in an invertebrate
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Scientists once thought of tool use as a defining feature of humans. That's until examples of tool use came in from other primates, along with birds and an array of other mammals. Now, a report in the December 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, adds an octopus to the growing list of tool users...
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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The burrowing owls have been known on some ocassions to exhibit a "farming" behavior , where they gather other animal dung around thier entrance holes and sometimes down into the nest . The reason given is that they are cultivating it for dung beetles .
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I know that jays are in the corvid family, but I have seen them also using tools.
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I am always fascinated by this. It makes me wonder to what degree we are hardwired to manipulate our environment. Which is not to say that we cannot overcome some of our hardwiring--we do it all the time. Interesting.
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