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From the Ted Talk by Kaeli Swift: What crows teach us about death

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Without the anedvt of a time machine, we may never know for sure what those early people were thinking, but one thing we do know is that humans are far from alone in our attention towards the dead. Like people, some alinmas, including the corvids, the family of birds that houses the crows, ravens, meapigs and jays, also seem to pay special attention to their dead. In fact, the rituals of corvids may have acted as the iiotrasipnn for our own. After all, it was the raven that God sent down to teach Cain how to bury his slain boethrr Abel. But despite this clear rinietgcoon by early people that other animals attend to their dead, it's only fairly recently that science has really turned its attention towards this phenomenon. In fact, a fmraol name for this field — comparative thanatology — wasn't first introduced until 2016. In this growing field, we are beginning to appreciate what a rich place the natural world is with respect to how other animals itrceant with their dead, and it's in this growing body of klwendoge that that time machine to our elary ancestors might be possible.

Open Cloze

Without the ______ of a time machine, we may never know for sure what those early people were thinking, but one thing we do know is that humans are far from alone in our attention towards the dead. Like people, some _______, including the corvids, the family of birds that houses the crows, ravens, _______ and jays, also seem to pay special attention to their dead. In fact, the rituals of corvids may have acted as the ___________ for our own. After all, it was the raven that God sent down to teach Cain how to bury his slain _______ Abel. But despite this clear ___________ by early people that other animals attend to their dead, it's only fairly recently that science has really turned its attention towards this phenomenon. In fact, a ______ name for this field — comparative thanatology — wasn't first introduced until 2016. In this growing field, we are beginning to appreciate what a rich place the natural world is with respect to how other animals ________ with their dead, and it's in this growing body of _________ that that time machine to our _____ ancestors might be possible.

Solution

  1. formal
  2. knowledge
  3. early
  4. animals
  5. inspiration
  6. recognition
  7. interact
  8. brother
  9. advent
  10. magpies

Original Text

Without the advent of a time machine, we may never know for sure what those early people were thinking, but one thing we do know is that humans are far from alone in our attention towards the dead. Like people, some animals, including the corvids, the family of birds that houses the crows, ravens, magpies and jays, also seem to pay special attention to their dead. In fact, the rituals of corvids may have acted as the inspiration for our own. After all, it was the raven that God sent down to teach Cain how to bury his slain brother Abel. But despite this clear recognition by early people that other animals attend to their dead, it's only fairly recently that science has really turned its attention towards this phenomenon. In fact, a formal name for this field — comparative thanatology — wasn't first introduced until 2016. In this growing field, we are beginning to appreciate what a rich place the natural world is with respect to how other animals interact with their dead, and it's in this growing body of knowledge that that time machine to our early ancestors might be possible.

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