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7 animals that know how to farm

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Agricultural animals

If there's one trait that distinguishes humans from animals, it's the ability to grow food. 

But you might be surprised to learn that humans were not the first farmers. A number of astonishing animals discovered agriculture long before humans evolved as a species. There are insects that practice husbandry, fish that farm, and even a jellyfish horticulturalist.

Farming was once believed to be a feat reserved only for big-brained hairless apes, but it turns out that animals don't need a central nervous system to tend crops. Here's our list of seven amazing animal agriculturalists. (Text: Bryan Nelson)