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Evidence for Meerkat active teaching

July 14, 2006

Research as reported in Science claims to have proven that meerkat actively teaches their young. BBC provides a good overview of this research here. Active teaching can be viewed as evidence of a theory of mind. So do meerkat have a teory of mind – can they imagine the mental states of others?! Even amongst primates evidence of active teaching is rare and contentious but there certainly is some good indication of it happening to some degree – see┬áthis article from the journal Primates.