Are animals stuck in time?

Dogs greet their masters with the same warmth after a five-minute absence — or five hours. Does this mean they do not possess a sense of time?

This question led William Roberts of the University of Western Ontario to experiment with rats. And he found that the rodents did keep track of time after discovering a piece of cheese, but without forming memories of its discovery. These results suggest that episodic-like memory in rats is qualitatively different from human episodic memory, which involves retention of the point in time when an event occurred.

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