Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Birdbrain, The Bigger The Better

Source: New York Times

Another study aims to upset birdbrain myth.

Bigger brains are better when it comes to dealing with a new environment.

Bigger-brained birds adapted much better to new surroundings, establishing populations more quickly, than smaller-brained species, the international team of experts found.

They gathered data on brain mass for 1,967 species.

In more than 600 introductions of nearly 200 bird species into new habitat they found that species with brains large relative to their body size tended to survive better in new environments than smaller-brained birds.

Reuters has more.

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