A new study revealed that the wasps are capable of logical thinking. A study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that the wasps are not just annoying, but smart in all respects.
During the study, the researchers observed that the wasps could use a form of logical reasoning to lock up unknown relationships from known relationships. Regarding the layman, it can be explained that axes can be easily understood, "if A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then A is greater than C". It should be noted that this ability of logical thinking was considered a key human trait for thousands of years.
This feature is known as transitional interference and recently scientists have found this strange ability to logical thinking in some birds, monkeys, and fish. It should be noted that all these animals are 'vertebrates', which is only paper axes that are without 'vertebrates' that have found their place in this elite league.
During the study, the researchers used color pairs that the insects were supposed to get to know. Of these color pairs, one of the colors provided a small electric header, while the other did not. After a while, the paper axes learned which color was safe and what was not. Later, scientists introduced a new color for these axes to study. Later, these colors were intermingled in Romani pairs, and it is interesting that these axes successfully selected the safe colors that were free from electric pumps. This finding suggested that axes learned which colors were safe and applied the knowledge when they saw a new variable.
"We do not say that axes used logical deduction to solve this problem, but seem to use familiar relationships to draw conclusions about unknown relationships. Our findings show that the capacity for complex behavior can be shaped by the social environment in which they behave usefully rather than being severely limited by brain size, "says Elizabeth Tibbets, an evolutionary biologist with the University of Michigan, and a leading author of the study in a recent statement, Phys.org reports.
Researchers now plan to conduct more studies to know why axes possess this ability, while bee hives do not have this ability.
A few months ago, another study by a team of French and Australian researchers revealed that bees are able to understand the concept of zero. This new finding made the bees enter the league of dolphins, monkeys, birds and people who also can understand the concept of zero.
The study was published in the journal Biology Letters.