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New syllabuzz: scientists taught bees to understand numbers

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Kenneth Mulcahy
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Most children learn that written numbers represent quantities in pre-school or junior primary school.

Now our new study shows that honeybees too can learn to match symbols and numerosities, much like we humans do with Arabic and Roman numerals.

Human language can incorporate spoken, written, visually signed, or tactile forms like braile.

Around the world humans have developed many different spoken and written languages.

The honeybee is a super organism for the study of comparative information processing in a brain.

In 1973 Karl von Frisch was awarded a Nobel Prize in the field of Physiology and Medicine for his demonstrations that the honeybee can communicate with hive mates via a symbolic dance language.

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