5 species of animals with better memories than humans

By Jurassic JennJun 13, 2024 18:09 PMAnimals
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It is believed that the memory of animals is significantly inferior to that of humans. In fact, this is not true. Science knows several species of animals with surprisingly sharp minds and excellent memories.

SSPDaily writes: "Their brain size may be small, but it doesn't matter. Some of these animals have amazing cognitive abilities, and can find their "home" in the vast ocean or remember their herd, even after 20 years."

Dolphins

Dolphins have an amazing memory. These sociable and cheerful creatures keep a record of their social interactions and remember previous encounters with other members of their species.

Each dolphin has a unique system of whistling sounds to communicate. Even after 20 years of separation, these marine animals can recognize the "voices" of dolphins with whom they were once "familiar".

Elephants

Elephants are intelligent animals with excellent memories. They use a kind of "mental map" to determine the location of each member of the "family", regardless of direction and distance, thus keeping track of up to 30 members of their family.

Therefore, elephants are not afraid to split into small groups to socialize or search for food. When the time comes, they easily reunite in a large herd, and no one gets lost.

As for humans, elephants recognize them by memorizing their voices.

Whales

Whales also use their memory to survive in difficult wildlife conditions.

For example, in winter, when the water gets colder, these marine mammals migrate south and navigate the ocean thanks to their amazing memory.

The whale's brain contains spindle-shaped neurons associated with higher-order cognitive processes such as identification, recall, inference, perception, communication, flexibility, and understanding.

Octopus

The brain of this cephalopod has up to half a billion neurons, so octopuses have short-term and long-term memory.

When these animals are stressed, striving for quick and safe survival, they can optimize short-term cognitive abilities. The fact that each of the eight legs of the octopus has its autonomous memory helps them to react instantly to changes in the environment.

Chimpanzees

Although chimpanzees are among the lowest primate species, their memory is superior to that of humans in some respects.

Thus, according to a study by Kyoto University, chimps memorize numbers faster and more accurately than humans. Scientists assume that this is due to the peculiarities of photographic memory.

Chimpanzees also easily find objects using short-term memory, and long-term memory helps them to remember objects that pose a threat to their lives.

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