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Ravens Know How to Make a Point

Scientists have found that wild ravens make gestures, a feat even most primates can’t manage. What the birds are
saying, however, is anyone’s guess.

Pointing is one of the simplest ways to communicate. In humans, hand gestures are seen as baby-steps in learning language. To some extent, science has long ignored the possibility that the handless members of the animal kingdom could be gesturing, too.

But after two years observing ravens in the field, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology have spotted ravens doing exactly that. They’ve reported their discovery in Nature Communications.

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