Scientists have long suspected that corvids – the family of birds including ravens, crows and magpies – are highly intelligent.

Now, neurobiologists have demonstrated how the brains of crows produce intelligent behavior when the birds have to make strategic decisions, the same as humans, despite our lack of a common ancestor.

The research could give us an insight into the workings of the mind of a non-mammalian - including extraterrestrial life forms.

Would that same reasoning apply to a technologically advanced species of intelligent insects? ;-) To read more, click here.