By: Mia C.
When people want to get someone else’s attention, they naturally point at objects to explain something. However, recently researchers reporting in Current Biology have discovered that elephants point to things as well, and they use it to find food. This tells us that the ability to communicate by pointing could have been evolved by a lineage of primates. Animals that were raised in the wild are adapted to pointing to things just as much as elephants born in captivity, proven by Richard Byrne of the University of St Andrews, as well as Anna Smet. Elephants naturally know how to communicate with each other and with humans, as we have also relied on wild elephants for logging, transport, or war. Unlike other animals, they have never been domesticated to play that important of a role in peoples’ lives. Elephants seem to understand humans on a deeper level that cats, dogs, and camels don’t. (Read more…)