Crows Have Conscious Experiences, science says
By Fallen Pillar / Futurism
For the first time, scientists have found that crows are capable of subjective, conscious experiences and perceptions.
It's a big step forward in our understanding of animal cognition. Prior to this, we only knew of conscious perception among humans and other primates. The brains of animals like birds were considered too different from our own to have subjective experiences, but this study, published Friday in the journal Science, potentially upends scientists' assumptions about just how smart animals might be.
"The results of our study opens up a new way of looking at the evolution of awareness and its neurobiological constraints," lead author Andreas Nieder said in a press release.
"The last common ancestors of humans and crows lived 320 million years ago," Nieder said. "It is possible that the consciousness of perception arose back then and has been passed down ever since."
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