Monthly Archives: April 2022

Should an animal’s intelligence change the way we treat it?

     Crows are Wicked Smart Language is often said to be what “makes us human,” what differentiates humans from animals. Crows may not satisfy all the conditions that linguists attach to human language—there’s not yet evidence, for example, that they rearrange the order of their calls to create new meanings—but they have something like […]

More Human Than Thought

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23ededed” google_fonts=”font_family:Amaranth%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text] “Two papers published today in Science find birds actually have a brain that is much more similar to our complex primate organ than previously thought. For years it was assumed that the avian brain was limited in function because it lacked a neocortex. In mammals, the neocortex is the hulking, evolutionarily modern outer layer of the brain that allows for complex cognition and creativity and that makes up most of what, in vertebrates as a whole, is called the pallium. The new findings show that birds’ do, in […]