What are the strict requirements for any given animal to become advanced to the same degree humans are? I think bare minimum they need
>A lifespan that is long enough to make USE of that intelligence and make it worth something. Sorry octopus
>Dexterity sufficient for tool usage
>Language. Not just regular animal communication, but ACTUAL language that allows for the expression of abstract ideas
>WRITTEN language, without which knowledge cannot slowly build and be passed on over generations
>Agriculture—if your species is forced to spend 90% of its time looking for food and there aren't at least some members who don't need to worry about it and thus have time to think and experiment, your society won't get off the ground
What else is needed?