A new study reveals dolphins may be even smarter than we thought.
Researchers recently discovered that the marine mammals can recognize themselves in a mirror at just seven months old, that’s even earlier than humans can.
Children by comparison begin to swaying signs of self recognition at about a year old at the youngest.
Mirror self-recognition is often seen as an indicator of a species’self-awareness and level of intelligence.
Research has also shown it to be a sign of sensoryand motor development.
Apart from dolphins, only a handful of other animals have shown self-directed behavior at a mirror including great apes, elephants and magpies.
One of the authors of the study, which was published January 10th in the journal plus-1said the findings provide new insight into the "evolution of intelligence in the animal world."
For United News International, I’m Neela Eyunni.