- "Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent," according to Lars Chittka, Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology at Queen Mary's Research Centre for Psychology and University of Cambridge colleague, Jeremy Niven. This begs the important question: what are they for?
"We know that body size is the single best way to predict an animal's brain size," explains Chittka, writing in the journal Current Biology. "However, contrary to popular belief, we can't say that brain size predicts their capacity for intelligent behaviour."
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It is fascinating how we humans develop our ideas concerning what intelligence is, and especially how we have come to erroneously believe that the larger the brain of an animal the more intelligent the species of animal is. Take for instance our own human species. Many human beings believe our species is the most intelligent species on the planet, however if this is the case why then do some humans engage in self-destructive behaviors, behaviors which are criminal or harmful towards others, and behaviors which damage the environment we live in and share with other species on this spacecraft we call Earth?
Source of Photo: University of Wisconsin and Michigan State Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections and National Museum of Health and Medicine (see http://www.brainmuseum.org/