Virginia Morell
Writer

Virginia Morell is an American science writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Science and Smithsonian, among others. She is the author of Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures (2013) and Becoming a Marine Biologist (2019).

Written by Virginia Morell

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Essay/
Animals and humans
What do mirror tests test?

Chimps, dolphins and elephants pass, dogs and cats don’t. Is the mirror test a reliable mark of self-awareness?

Virginia Morell