Socially isolated animals seem to be better at solving problems

A dorcas gazelle succeeds in removing the lid from a cup to get food

Caicoya AL et al. (2023)

Sheep, camels, goats, gazelles and other hoofed animals are better at figuring out solutions to puzzles when they are less integrated into social groups.

Such marginalisation might force individuals to find food, shelter and other needs on their own without group help, thereby fuelling innovation, says Federica Amici at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

“If you’re not well integrated into your social group, you can’t count on friends providing you with support or sharing resources with …

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