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Ravens have surprised researchers by their human like intelligence
Humans have evolved much more than other living creatures because of their ability to plan. And then it was discovered that chimpanzees had this ability as well.

But that is not the end, a new surprising research has shown that ravens also have the ability to plan ahead.

The study that was published in the much famous journal Science, shows that ravens possess the ability to anticipate future events based on their experience. This experience includes nature, time, and location of future events. What is more surprising is that such traits were considered to be limited to humans only.

Earlier study had shown that ravens and apes had a common ancestor about 200 million years ago. So it can be concluded that such abilities can genetically travel along different evolutionary paths, not specifically following a single path.

The research was conducted by researchers from the Department of Cognitive Science of the Lund University. The researchers put two male ravens and three female ravens through four different tests to test their cognitive abilities.

Among the tests conducted, in a number of them, the ravens performed even better that animals such as the chimps. The researchers were able to conclude that ravens have the ability to plan for future and based on past experience, anticipate future problems.

"It is conservative to conclude that ravens perform similarly to great apes and young children," the researchers wrote.

Though some experts have refused to accept the conclusions and called the experiments merely 'food training'. Food training is something that the birds are genetically able to do.

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