Ivo Jacobs

Researcher, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Behavioral Sciences Biology
  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • Zoology
  • Philosophy
  • Ecology


  • Animal Cognition, Comparative Psychology, cognitive zoology, Cognitive science, Pyrocognition


My research focuses on the evolution of cognition – through study of mechanism, development, phylogeny and fitness value – in crocodilians, palaeognaths (ratites and tinamous), corvids and primates.

It comprises three overlapping projects: independent cognitive evolution in primates and corvids; reconstructing the minds of early birds and non-avian dinosaurs; and the origins of pyrocognition (fire-related cognition) in animals, extinct hominins and modern humans.

Recent research outputs

von Bayern, A., Ivo Jacobs & Mathias Osvath, 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117, 6, p. 2737–2739

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Lambert, M., Ivo Jacobs, Mathias Osvath & von Bayern, A., 2019, In : Behaviour. 156, 5-8, p. 505-594 89 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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