But the question above was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this headline: Paper wasps capable of behavior that resembles logical reasoning.
A new University of Michigan study provides the first evidence of transitive inference, the ability to use known relationships to infer unknown relationships, in a nonvertebrate animal: the lowly paper wasp.
Apparently their brains are not quite as large as a grain of rice. I’ll stop there. Except to wonder, since the article makes a point of pointing out that it was ‘nonvertebrates,’ that were under consideration, whether there were a substantial number of Republicans in the study.