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Honeybees first non-human animals to differentiate between even and odd numbers

Honeybees first non-human animals to differentiate between even and odd numbers
Scientists call for further testing of odd-even categorisation in wider variety of animals

Honeybees are the first non-human animals to demonstrate the ability to differentiate between even and odd numbers, a new study reveals.

Forskere, including those from Monash University in Australia, say odd and even categorisation – also called parity classification – had never been shown in non-human animals until now.

A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology, showed that honeybees can learn to do parity tasks which are considered to be abstract, high-level concepts in humans.