Navigation Links
Hyenas that think outside the box solve problems faster
Date:8/8/2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. Innovative problem solving requires trying many different solutions. That's true for humans, and now Michigan State University researchers show that it's true for hyenas, too.

The study, published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, presented steel puzzle boxes with raw meat inside to wild spotted hyenas in Kenya. To get the meat, the hyenas had to slide open a bolt latch. Even though most of the animals had many opportunities to open the box, only nine out of 62 hyenas succeeded. The successful hyenas tried more solutions, including biting, flipping or pushing the box, than the ones that failed, said MSU zoology graduate student Sarah Benson-Amram.

Another requirement for success was not being afraid to approach new things. The wild hyenas had never seen a steel puzzle box before. And those hyenas that quickly contacted the box when they first saw it were more successful solving the problem than those hyenas that were slower to approach it. Although contacting unknown objects can be quite dangerous for wild animals, this research shows that risk-taking also has some benefits.

Surprisingly, one trait that did not necessarily lead to victory was persistence, said Benson-Amram.

"While those who gave up quickly were more likely to fail, some hyenas that spent more time with the puzzle box appeared to get stuck in a rut and would often try the same solutions over and over again," she said.

Like humans and other primates, hyenas have relatively large brains, said Kay Holekamp, MSU zoologist and co-author of the paper.

"A likely benefit of large brains is the ability to think flexibly about new situations and come up with solutions to novel problems," said Holekamp, co-principal investigator at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.


'/>"/>

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Virgin male moths think theyre hot when theyre not
2. Do dolphins think nonlinearly?
3. Think pink! Success of pink bacteria in oceans of the world
4. Fat outside of arteries may influence onset of coronary artery disease
5. Researchers attempt to solve problems of antibiotic resistance and bee deaths in one
6. Study resolves debate on human cell shut-down process
7. Kidney stone mystery solved
8. Could cap and trade for water solve problems facing the United States largest rivers?
9. CSHL researchers solve structure of human protein critical for silencing genes
10. New release of Web-based resource resolves confusion over plant names
11. Animal reservoir mystery solved
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Hyenas that think outside the box solve problems faster
(Date:7/29/2014)... you,ve ever ordered the wrong food at a restaurant, don,t ... have less to do with what you want and more ... analyzing 217 menus and the selections of over 300 diners, ... Journal of Hospitality Management showed that when it comes ... what you see on the menu and how you imagine ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... of Ascension Island, one of the world,s largest green ... Writing in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation , ... Government Conservation Department report that the number of green ... increased by more than 500 per cent since records ... are now estimated to be laid on the Island,s ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... of Kent has shown for the first time how ... that could have a major impact on cancer therapy ... uncovered the mechanism whereby the physical properties of the ... are ,fine-tuned, to undertake different functions. , While ... providing a framework for the cell, others are more ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Menu secrets that can make you slim by design 2Major turtle nesting beaches protected in 1 of the UK's far flung overseas territories 2
... CA July 12, 2012 Readers of the top-ranked scientific ... noticed a recent wave of articles, most recently in the ... importance for biology and medicine. These papers, all published this ... of Professor Raymond Stevens, illuminate a large and medically important ...
... century ago, the South Pole was one of Earth,s last ... activity. Led by Monash University,s Professor Steven Chown, a ... out the current and future conservation challenges facing the Antarctic ... . The team analysed the effectiveness of the existing ...
... trying to control the invasive tamarisk plant have been ... a rapidly evolving beetle that has been changing its ... Their findings, in a paper titled "Evolution of critical ... Diorhabda carinulata , a biological control agent against ...
Cached Biology News:Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 2Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 3Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 4Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 5Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 6Large, medically important class of proteins starts to yield its secrets 7The challenges facing the vulnerable Antarctic 2Tamarisk biocontrol efforts get evolutionary boost 2Tamarisk biocontrol efforts get evolutionary boost 3
(Date:7/29/2014)... 29, 2014 Philadelphia’s newest entrepreneurial incubation space ... their start. The Innovation Center @3401 , a collaborative ... City Science Center to help attract and nurture start-up ... July 28. , The Innovation Center @3401 ... Market Streets, is the new home of DreamIt Ventures ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... SILVER SPRING, Md., July 29, 2014  United ... today announced its financial results for the ... "Our continued growth shows that our medicines ... from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)," said Martine ... Executive Officer. "The commercial launch this quarter ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Dr. Jason Wendel – recipient of a ... of the Top 10 Plastic Surgeon Specialists for Nashville, TN ... His complete line includes a Hydration Booster, Retexturing Night Crème, ... and skin a younger, more radiant appearance while protecting them ... different, that is why at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... , July 28, 2014 Sapphire Energy, ... today announced the appointment of biotechnology veteran James ... board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia ,CJ, Warner, who ... will remain chairman of the company,s board of directors. ... Energy,s mission to deliver commercial scale algae-based fuels has ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Innovation Center @3401 Opens for Business; DreamIt Ventures and Point.io First Residents 2Innovation Center @3401 Opens for Business; DreamIt Ventures and Point.io First Residents 3United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 10United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 11United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 12United Therapeutics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results 13Dr. J. J. Wendel Launches New Line of Skin Care Products 2Sapphire Energy Announces New CEO James Levine 2Sapphire Energy Announces New CEO James Levine 3
... When semiconductor nanorods are exposed to light, ... clustering nanorods together, physicists at the University of ... is increased dramatically providing new insight into this ... by associate professor Marija Drndic,s group, including graduate ...
... June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China-Biotics, Inc. (" China-Biotics ... (NASDAQ: CHBT ), a leading developer, manufacturer, and ... 20, 2011, the Company received a letter from the NASDAQ Listing ... Company has not yet filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K ...
... Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX ) announced today that ... a Notice of Allowance for the Company,s proprietary Vesicular Monoamine ... that a composition of matter patent on NBI-98854 will have ... Additionally, on June 17, 2011, the Company held a ...
Cached Biology Technology:Penn physicists observe 'campfire effect' in blinking nanorod semiconductors 2Penn physicists observe 'campfire effect' in blinking nanorod semiconductors 3China-Biotics, Inc. Receives NASDAQ Delisting Notification 2China-Biotics, Inc. Receives NASDAQ Delisting Notification 3Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Notice of Allowance for Composition of Matter Patent on VMAT2 Inhibitor 2Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Notice of Allowance for Composition of Matter Patent on VMAT2 Inhibitor 3
... Flat bottoms,• Nonreversible ... to reduce contamination,• Individual ... identification,• Uniform footprint for ... for optimal cell attachment,• ...
Rabbit polyclonal to GABA A Receptor gamma 2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 2566 SwissProtID: P18507...
Rabbit polyclonal to VPAC2 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 7434 SwissProtID: P41587...
Anti-GOSR2 Monoclonal AntibodyOther Sub-Family: not assigned-Other Applications: Immunocytochemistry, Immunoprecipitation, Western Blot...
Biology Products: