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A SMALL fish found in streams across Europe has a human-like ability to learn, British scientists reported yesterday.

The nine-spined stickleback could be the first animal to exhibit a key human social learning strategy that allows it to compare the behavior of others to its own experience and make choices that lead it to better food supplies.

"Small fish may have small brains but they still have some surprising cognitive abilities," said Jeremy Kendal of Durham University.

Kenald and his team found that sticklebacks could learn where to find food by watching others.


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