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Are hyenas as bright as primates ?


Posted on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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New research has suggested that hyenas are actually a lot more intelligent that was previously believed.

Depicted in Disney's "The Lion King" as dimwitted creatures, real-life hyenas are actually quite intelligent in a number of ways. Scientists studying hyena behavior have noted that the animals appear to be able to count how many are in a competing pack simply by listening to their calls. When faced with a simple food puzzle under a controlled testing environment hyenas have also shown remarkable skill and perseverance in solving it.

"Hyenas are in fact innovative and able to solve new technical problems," said Dr Sarah Benson-Amram. "Additionally, spotted hyenas are also quite adept at solving social problems, and have demonstrated cognitive abilities on par with those of some primates."

"Some of the hyenas tried just a few methods to open the puzzle box while others used many, including biting, flipping it over, digging underneath it and pushing it around."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by HuttonEtAl on 9 September, 2012, 12:58
I believe it...the females have a clitoris that is shaped and positioned like a penis and can have an erection. With 100% of them having pensis' how can they not be smart
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ever Learning on 9 September, 2012, 13:26
I believe it...the females have a clitoris that is shaped and positioned like a penis and can have an erection. With 100% of them having pensis' how can they not be smart Lmao was wondering where you were going with that
Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin on 9 September, 2012, 14:50
I remember Jane Goodall once saying that if she had not been studying chimps. she would be studying hyenas instead.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jgorman628 on 11 September, 2012, 12:14
Score one more for nature!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mantis914 on 11 September, 2012, 15:10
I've always loved hyenas! Any animal that can laugh while it's tearing you apart has got something crazy going on. No wonder I call my ex- a hyena...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 September, 2012, 23:42
Hang on a minute... is it 'smart as a primate week'?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lava_Lady on 12 September, 2012, 6:27
I believe it...the females have a clitoris that is shaped and positioned like a penis and can have an erection. With 100% of them having pensis' how can they not be smart LOL! Shaped and positioned like a penis but still a clitoris... These brilliant animals are also matriarchal!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Arbitran on 12 September, 2012, 8:10
Having spent a great deal of time studying spotted hyenas in Africa, this new research is both fascinating, and yet, in some sense, not entirely surprising. After a year of observing the animals and their social interactions, their behaviors, their hunting patterns and problem solving skills... Having also studied primates such as chimpanzees, baboons, and gorillas, I can absolutely believe that hyenas are on par in intelligence (maybe not quite great ape-grade intelligence, but I'd wager a spotted hyena could outthink a baboon any day...).
Comment icon #9 Posted by Magiclass on 26 September, 2012, 13:37
Is it not odd that the bush people of the plains have been telling the white man about the intelligence of hyena for years and years as long as the white man has been in africa. But when a white scientist says it the masses believe!


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