Animals May Possess Innate Basic Counting Skills

GreenTracker| Scientific American reports that recent studies indicate that mathematical abilities may be more fundamental in biology than previously thought. Under certain conditions, monkeys could sometimes solve mathematical puzzles better than college students.

From baby chickens to rehesus monkeys, scientists are also testing “counting” across the senses, matching up the number of sounds — bells gonging — with the same number of objects. As I’ve written previously, the complexity of both the animal and plant kingdoms are gaining stature exponentially.

Applying their learnings from animals to education, scientists are considering that math skills are far more fundamental to human biology than learned. In that case beginning formal math eduction at five or six years old may be a mistake. In fact, babies have innate math skills ready for honing. A