Can monkeys learn to recognize themselves in the mirror?

January 8, 2015 7:34 PM

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Can monkeys learn to recognize themselves in the mirror?

Humans aren't the only animals that can recognize themselves in the mirror. A new study suggests that monkeys can, too, with a little training. (Neng Gong and colleagues/Current Biology 2015)

Humans have it. So do chimpanzees, bottlenose dolphins, Asian elephants and even magpies. The ability to recognize oneself in the mirror is known as self-recognition, and monkeys weren't thought to be able to do it until now.

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