Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence

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  • Author(s): Downer, Ann
  • Publication Information:
    Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books ™. 2016
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      When you think of smart animals, what comes to mind? Wise old owls? Problem-solving dolphins? Maybe you have heard of Koko the gorilla, who has mastered one thousand signs in American Sign Language, or Chaser the border collie, who recognizes one thousand names for her stuffed toys. But what about ants building megacolonies or bees reporting to the hive about new nesting sites? What about escape artist octopuses and jellyfish that use their eyes (they have twenty-four!) to navigate? Are insects, spiders, and other animals without backbones considered smart, too? When we think of intelligent creatures, we often think of vertebrates, or animals with spinal columns and relatively large brains. We don't usually think of invertebrates, or animals without a spine. But invertebrates can be astonishingly intelligent. These animals exhibit surprising feats of learning, memory, and problem-solving using their relatively simple, tiny brains—some the size of a sesame seed or even smaller. In fact, some intelligent invertebrates have no brain at all! Scientists around the world are putting invertebrate intelligence to use in mind-boggling ways. Engineers are designing swarmbots based on bees to take part in search-and-rescue efforts. And materials scientists are basing a new, tough ceramic on the structure of a mantis shrimp's claw. In Smart and Spineless, readers will be challenged to think in a whole new way about what it means to be smart!
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      9781467737395. 9781467788052.
    • Accession Number:
      935493560
    • Accession Number:
      1051534
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    • ABNT:
      DOWNER, A. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™, 2016. ISBN 9781467737395. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534. Acesso em: 12 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Downer A. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534. Accessed December 12, 2019.
    • APA:
      Downer, A. (2016). Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Downer, Ann. 2016. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534.
    • Harvard:
      Downer, A. (2016) Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534 (Accessed: 12 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Downer, A 2016, Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence, Twenty-First Century Books ™, Minneapolis, MN, viewed 12 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Downer, Ann. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Twenty-First Century Books ™, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Downer, Ann. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Downer A. Smart and Spineless : Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence [Internet]. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books ™; 2016 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1051534