Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus

  title={Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus},
  author={Julian K. Finn and T. Tregenza and M. Norman},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • Julian K. Finn, T. Tregenza, M. Norman
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • Summary The use of tools has become a benchmark for cognitive sophistication. Originally regarded as a defining feature of our species, tool-use behaviours have subsequently been revealed in other primates and a growing spectrum of mammals and birds [1]. Among invertebrates, however, the acquisition of items that are deployed later has not previously been reported. We repeatedly observed soft-sediment dwelling octopuses carrying around coconut shell halves, assembling them as a shelter only… CONTINUE READING
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