Do anvil-using banded mongooses understand means–end relationships? A field experiment

  title={Do anvil-using banded mongooses understand means–end relationships? A field experiment},
  author={Corsin A. M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  • C. Müller
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Animal Cognition
Tool use and the associated need to choose appropriate objects for a particular task are thought to have selected for specialized cognitive abilities such as means–end comprehension. Several studies on large-brained tool-using primates and birds have demonstrated understanding of causal relationships to some extent. However, a comprehensive appraisal of this hypothesis requires testing for means–end comprehension also in non-tool-users as well as in small-brained tool users. Moreover, the… 
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