Bees get a buzz out of num­bers

YOURS (UK) - - Our Shared Planet -

They may have a brain the size of a pin­head, but re­searchers have dis­cov­ered honey bees have mas­tered ba­sic maths. Aus­tralian sci­en­tists found they un­der­stood the con­cept of zero, putting them on a par with chimps, par­rots and three-year-old chil­dren. In tests us­ing sug­ary treats, the bees learnt to fly to a blank sheet of pa­per, com­pared to one with one to six shapes. They knew the empty sheet meant no shapes.

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