Crafty Crows | Christian Rutz

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Crafty Crows | Christian Rutz || Radcliffe Institute

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Christian Rutz RI ’20 reveals that you don't need a very large brain to be a good tool user. In fact, with a brain the size of a walnut and a completely different neurological architecture compared to what primates have, the New Caledonian crow has evolved to make incredibly complex tools.

Rutz is a professor of biology at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where he leads a research group studying animal tool behavior. He is the 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.