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Why animals recognise numbers but only humans can do maths

By Silke Goebel, Reader (Associate Professor) in Psychology, University of York
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Counting feels utterly effortless to adults, who are unlikely to even remember when or how they picked up this useful, apparently automatic skill. Yet when you think about it, counting is a remarkable invention. It helped early humans to trade, apportion food and organise fledgling civilisations, laying the foundations for life as we know it today.

But a sensitivity for numbers isn’t uniquely human. Tiny guppies and honeybees


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