Cephalopod Cognition in an Evolutionary Context: Implications for Ethology

@article{Vitti2013CephalopodCI,
  title={Cephalopod Cognition in an Evolutionary Context: Implications for Ethology},
  author={Joseph J. Vitti},
  journal={Biosemiotics},
  year={2013},
  volume={6},
  pages={393-401}
}
What is the distribution of cognitive ability within the animal kingdom? It would be egalitarian to assume that variation in intelligence is everywhere clinal, but examining trends among major phylogenetic groups, it becomes easy to distinguish high-performing ‘generalists’ – whose behavior exhibits domain-flexibility – from ‘specialists’ whose range of behavior is limited and ecologically specific. These generalists include mammals, birds, and, intriguingly, cephalopods. The apparent… CONTINUE READING
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