Sorry Grumpy Cat, study finds dogs are brainier than cats

Sorry Grumpy Cat, study finds dogs are brainier than cats


Seriously, if it has brains, I’m interested. In this study, we were interested in comparing
different species of carnivorans to see how the numbers of neurons in their brains relate
to the size of their brains. I would bet money on a large dog over a cat
any time. They have the biological capability of doing
much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can. How many neurons you have in your cerebral
cortex I believe is a major determinant of your biological capabilities, your cognitive
capabilities. What you actually do with what you have, that
depends on how hard you even try. We did find that with raccoons they are not
your typical carnivorans. For their fairly small brain, they have as
many neurons as you would expect to find in a primate. And that is a lot of neurons. We also looked at hyenas, and lions, and brown
bears. And that’s where things got really interesting,
too. The brown bear has a very respectable brain
about this big, but it only had one fifth the neurons that we expected to find in the
cerebral cortex for that large size. I think it’s very humbling to realize that
we fit in nature just like any other creature. We’re still just animals. We’re still just a primate. But turn those biological capabilities into
incredible abilities.

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