Magpies, humans share a recognizable trait

Friday, August 22, 2008 - 15:07 in Biology & Nature

Study uses mirrors to show the birds join humans, chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants on a short list of beings that can identify themselves. Babies love mirrors. But not until they approach the age of 2 do toddlers make the connection between the baby in the mirror and themselves. Recognizing ourselves in a mirror is one of the traits that make humans, well, human.

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