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June 05, 2019 - Independent

Bees have human-like ability to link symbols to numbers, study finds

Bees have human-like ability to link symbols to numbers, study finds
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This may lead to ‘exciting new pathways for communication across species’, says Dr Adrian Dyer.

We already knew bees were smart enough to recognise zero and do basic maths but the latest research has found they have another string to their bow – they can link symbols to numbers too.

This study proves that despite their small brains, bees are able to learn complicated ideas such as human-made symbolic language. Previous studies have shown primates and birds have this ability, but this is the first time it’s been found in insects.

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