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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.
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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.
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* In L. Neil Smith's Confederacy novels, there is an uplifted coyote named G. Howell Nuahuatl (the G. stands for Greenriver). He wears a vocoder collar, synced to the impulses in his cybernetically augmented brain, and a custom motile collar equipped with twin guns and ear pads to protect his hearing. In later stories, he uses a backpack that has a cybernetically controlled hand

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* In L. Neil Smith's Confederacy novels, there is an uplifted coyote named G. Howell Nuahuatl (the G. stands for Greenriver). He wears a vocoder collar, synced to the impulses in his cybernetically augmented brain, and a custom motile collar equipped with twin guns and ear pads to protect his hearing. In later stories, he uses a backpack that has a cybernetically controlled handcybernetically-controlled hand.


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* Chewbacca of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise wears a bandolier over his shoulder and handles various repair tools and weapons, which helps visually affirm that he's a technology-using alien and not some sort of bipedal beast in spite of his only vocal sounds being grunts, growls and roars.
* Averted in ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'' (1978). An alien that looks like a cat is stranded on Earth. His super-computer/communication device looks like a glowing cat collar, so he is mistaken for a common house cat.

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* Chewbacca of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise wears ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bandolier over his shoulder and handles various repair tools and weapons, which helps visually affirm that he's a technology-using alien and not some sort of bipedal beast cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." \\
In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other
in spite of his only vocal sounds being grunts, growls and roars.
* Averted in ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'' (1978). An alien
career, from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that looks like a cat is stranded on Earth. His super-computer/communication device looks like a glowing cat collar, so he is mistaken for a common house cat.Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that got him thinking: "Ape tools are rather primitive in comparison to human tools. If ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those be?"



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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.

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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch Chewbacca of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise wears a bandolier over his shoulder and handles various repair tools and weapons, which helps visually affirm that he's a technology-using alien and not some sort of bipedal beast in spite of his only vocal sounds being grunts, growls and roars.
* Averted in ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'' (1978). An alien that looks like a cat is stranded on Earth. His super-computer/communication device looks like a glowing cat collar, so he
is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.common house cat.



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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Stitch is mistaken for a dog after he loses his laser guns (despite having six limbs) and then Lilo later realizes that Stitch is intelligent when he does things like riding a bike and building elaborate models of San Francisco.
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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bipedal cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." \\
In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other in his career, from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that got him thinking: "Ape tools are rather primitive in comparison to human tools. If ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those be?"

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bipedal cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." \\
In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other in his career,
Shantor, [[IntelligentGerbil horse-like aliens]] from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that got him thinking: "Ape tools are rather primitive in comparison to human tools. If ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those be?"''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', were not thought sentient until they were seen wielding spears.



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* The Shantor, [[IntelligentGerbil horse-like aliens]] from ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', were not thought sentient until they were seen wielding spears.

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* The Shantor, [[IntelligentGerbil horse-like aliens]] from ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', were not thought sentient until they were seen wielding spears.Invoked prospectively in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', when Florence is asked how she would recognise a human being ([[ThreeLawsCompliant a very grave question]] for [[AIIsACrapShoot an experimental AI]]).



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* Invoked prospectively in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', when Florence is asked how she would recognise a human being ([[ThreeLawsCompliant a very grave question]] for [[AIIsACrapShoot an experimental AI]]).

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* Invoked prospectively Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when Florence is asked how she speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would recognise a human being ([[ThreeLawsCompliant a very grave question]] for [[AIIsACrapShoot an experimental AI]]).show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.




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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.
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* Invoked prospectively in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', when Florence is asked how she would recognise a human being for [[ThreeLawsCompliant to prove that she is properly compliant with AI laws]].

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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.

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* Invoked prospectively in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', when Florence is asked how she would recognise a human being ([[ThreeLawsCompliant a very grave question]] for [[ThreeLawsCompliant to prove that she is properly compliant with AI laws]].

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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.
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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.
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* Invoked prospectively in ''WebComic/FreeFall'', when Florence is asked how she would recognise a human being for [[ThreeLawsCompliant to prove that she is properly compliant with AI laws]].


* In Creator/ABertramChandler's short story "The Cage", survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or demonstrating mathematics fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.

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* In Creator/ABertramChandler's short story "The Cage", survivors "Literature/TheCage": Survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or [[FirstContactMath demonstrating mathematics mathematics]] fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.



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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like Creator/AugustineOfHippo said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.

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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like Creator/AugustineOfHippo [[{{Literature/Confessions}} Augustine of Hippo]] said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.


* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too.

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* Conventional paleoanthropology divides prehistoric hominins between "pre-human" australopithecines and the early members of ''Homo'', the "human genus" by the employment of stone tools, although since skeletons of both have been found in association with stone tools, it's rather up in the air if australopithecines used tools too. Even prior to modern anthrolopogy, philosophers like Creator/AugustineOfHippo said, when speculating on the possible existence of other beings, that if they wore clothes, used tools, domesticated animals etc. this would show they were sapient and (for Augustine) possessed souls.


* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bipedal cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other in his career, from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that made him wonder: if ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those tools be?

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bipedal cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." \\
In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other in his career, from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that made got him wonder: if thinking: "Ape tools are rather primitive in comparison to human tools. If ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those tools be?be?"

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had one comic with a bipedal cow standing behind a table, showing off a bunch of lumpy stone objects. The caption just read, "Cow tools." In a ''Far Side'' retrospective book, Gary Larson said this particular strip got him more inquiries than any other in his career, from people wondering what the heck the comic was supposed to be about. The answer is that Larson recalled the topic of tool use from an anthropology course, and the fact that real-life apes use tools, and that made him wonder: if ''cows'' used tools, how primitive would those tools be?
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* In A. Bertram Chandler's short story "The Cage", survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or demonstrating mathematics fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.

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* In A. Bertram Chandler's Creator/ABertramChandler's short story "The Cage", survivors from a crashed starship (on a planet where clothes don't survive due to some aggressive fungus) are captured by aliens and put in a zoo. Attempts to convince the aliens they are sentient by making baskets or demonstrating mathematics fail. But when they build a cage and put an [[CallASmeerpARabbit alien mouse]] into it... well, only sentient beings are bastards enough for that.

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* The so-called Beagles in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' series are basically a race of WolfMen. Because they're furry, they don't need clothing, and because they lack opposable thumbs, they have a limited ability to use tools, but they still wear belts containing basic implements and weapons.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', one of the story's many NothingIsTheSameAnymore moments is triggered by the appearance of a blurry photo that seems to depict an [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Invess]] carrying a sword. [[spoiler:[[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. Sengoku]] immediately has all records of the photo erased while he conducts his own investigation, fearing that if the Invess have [[MonsterLord "Overlords"]] smart enough to negotiate with humans, then this could ruin his plans to use their invasion for his own benefit.]]

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* In the fantasy trilogy ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', one of the main characters is an Intelligent Toad who doesn't wear clothes but does wear a sword belt and a pack with his equipment in. Both are actually spelled to prevent people noticing them if he doesn't want them to, because in his line of work there are times when it's useful for people to ''not'' realize he's sapient.


* Discussed in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'', in which a survey team are trying to figure out if the local birdlike aliens, which have never been seen using tools, are sapient. The protagonist points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the birdlike aliens, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]

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* Discussed in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'', ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', in which a survey team are trying to figure out if the local birdlike aliens, which have never been seen using tools, are sapient. The protagonist points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the birdlike aliens, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]

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