American crow populations are swelling in cities. Perhaps by better understanding them we can better understand ourselves.

This post is part of CityLab’s Animal Week—a roundup of stories about all kinds of city-dwellers, from crows to rats.

Editors note: This post has been updated to clarify the nature of Josh Klein’s study.

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