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One fish, two fish, red chick, blue chick

2009/04/01

But really, it turns out baby chicks and fish can count. The chicks can tell which set of eggs is larger – if they watch eggs being placed behind 2 screens, they will go to the screen with the most eggs. The kicker, of course, is that if the eggs are moved from one screen to the other, the chicks will still pick the screen with the most eggs. So they can add and subtract.

It doesn’t look like the fish can subtract, but number association is really not a bad start. And we learned from Mythbusters that goldfish have memories a few years ago. Our mountain (as in we are king of the evolutionary mountain) is looking a little lower these days.

Oh, and bees can manage up to 4. Now, if only someone could tell me why all of the counting animals are showing up this week.

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