Tool Use in an Invertebrate

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Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby pink_trike » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:44 am

"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."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 121953.htm
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Re: Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:00 am

Excellent post! :clap:
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Re: Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby Michael_S » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:23 pm

I just saw some video on the news showing the octopus activities.
One of them found a half coconut shell on the bottom, dragged it along
while looking for another half. Then it neatly crawled inside the first half,
and pulled the other half on top to close itself within.
These creatures are much more intelligent than earlier thought, apparently.
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Re: Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby Laurens » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:03 pm

Well I don't think Octopus' would have such nice gardens if they didn't use tools.
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Re: Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby Michael_S » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:14 pm

I wonder what type of meditation posture they would use? Crossing all eight legs
could be somewhat inconvenient. Thanks for the reminder of the Ringo song; well done.
I'd like to be, under the sea,......
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Re: Tool Use in an Invertebrate

Postby Potato » Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:28 am

It could grip it by the husk... :)
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