Watching babies as they discover the world is one of the most entertaining and captivating things that anyone can watch. The way the gaze around the room and attempt to crawl or run to whatever catches their eye first. Or the way that the begin to learn how to speak and learn to count and say the alphabet. The brain development is astounding during these very important years of life. Though it poses a question, when does the child become self-aware? At what point do these young children become able to recognize themselves in the mirror?
Scientists have managed to narrow down the point where this awareness clicks to be between the ages of 18 and 24 months. However they still can't figure out what brings about this awareness. Why children begin to acknowledge that the person they are looking at in the mirror is actually them and not someone else. This neurological click is something that continues to puzzle the minds of scientists across the globe.
This then led the scientist to test other animals to see if this same level of self-awareness could be found in them also. After several tests on many different types of animals only Chimpanzees and Orangutans were able to pass the test. This only serves to draw more talk about the origins of humans themselves.