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Hawaiian Crow discovery led by YAS Member Dr Christian Rutz

By 21st September 2016 No Comments


An international team of  scientist led by Christian Rutz MYAS (St Andrews University) has made a fascinating discovery about a rare Hawaiian crow.  The endangered Alalā is an advanced tool-user according to the teams’ recent cover story in the leading journal Nature.

Dr Rutz has previously studied another too-using crow species, the New Caledonian crow, which was until recently regarded as a fascintating anomoly by researchers. The discovery of the Alalā’s very similar- but seperately evolved- abilities raising the exciting possibility that other, less-studied species of crow might also be tool-users.

For more information about this discovery, please visit the study in Nature, or this article at the University of St Andrews website.