Smart Mammals Will Stop Telling Bird-Brain Jokes

GreenTracker| No more bird-brain jokes! If you want to suggest that someone has lower intelligence, pick on another animal. For over a century neuroscientists believed that the brains of humans and other mammals were superior to birds’, based on mammals having a neocortex.

A new study finds that a comparable region in the brains of chickens concerned with analyzing auditory inputs is constructed similarly to the neocortexes of mammals.

“And so ends, perhaps, this claim of mammalian uniqueness,” said Harvey J. Karten, MD, professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD’s School of Medicine, and lead author of the study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition. via Science Daily