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Monkeys found able to do math: study

English.news.cn   2014-04-23 16:56:32

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Monkeys are found able to do math, according to a study in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Wednesday.

Three rhesus macaques were able to add the two symbols and compare that number to a single symbol within four months, according to Margaret, a neurobiologist from Harvard Medical School.

Besides, Livingstone and her colleagues taught these three monkeys numbers zero through nine and letters with values zero through 25.

They also found monkeys had trouble understanding the symbols when the numbers were close in value, thus in needs further research to determine how monkeys estimate the value of numbers.

(Agencies)

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