Thursday, September 12, 2002

PIGS COMPETE SOCIALLY LIKE PRIMATES

Pigs 'share brain skills' with humans and primates

Pigs use their brains to outwit each other in much the same way as humans and chimpanzees, scientists claim.

Although pigs often fight aggressively, researchers found they also adopt more subtle ploys to keep in front of rivals.

Dr Mike Mendl and colleagues at the University of Bristol observed social competitive behaviour among pigs of a kind normally seen in apes....