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How Smart Are Animals?

Dogs, dolphins, parrots, and even octopuses (mere mollusks!) may be smarter than you think.
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(This program is no longer available for online streaming.) Would you care to match wits with a dog, an octopus, a dolphin, or a parrot? You may think twice after watching the segments in this NOVA scienceNOW episode. While we may not be ready to send pets to Harvard, the remarkable footage and findings presented here demonstrate that many animal species are much smarter than we assume and in ways we had never imagined.

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(Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chaser)
Courtesy Julia Cort, © WGBH Educational Foundation
(dolphins)
© Alexey Tkachenko
(octopus)
© Fernando Alonso Herrero/iStockphoto
(Irene Pepperberg and Griffin the parrot)
Courtesy Laura Willcox, © WGBH Educational Foundation
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