Saturday, June 18, 2016

Scientists looked inside bird brains and found they’re far more sophisticated than yours

                              Smarter than you think. (Reuters/Ajay Verma)[image]

by Luis Georg
   "Call yourself a birdbrain and expect no laughs from those around you. No, you will not be called a fool; scientists have redefined the meaning of the birdbrain. They even recommend people to take it as a compliment rather than an insult.
   A new research has found that the bird macaw has more neurons packed in its smaller brain than found in the bigger sized brain of macaque. This makes the primate less intelligent than the bird. So the next time you are called a birdbrain by someone, flash a smile and thank the person.
   A macaw has a brain that is a size of a walnut, while the primate in the study has lemon-sized brain. However, this doesn’t mean the bird with small brain is less intelligent. This indeed is opposite. The part of the brain that is associated with intelligent behavior is packed with more neurons in the tiny bird than the big, mammal..."

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