Dogs Truly Are Smarter Than Cats

December 6, 2017 :: Posted by meagan
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A topic that has caused much controversy for as long as time can tell has finally been put to rest.  An international team of scientists claim they have research that STRONGLY suggests dogs are smarter than cats.

Frontiers in Neuroanatomy accepted a paper for publication in December 2017 that reports dogs’ brains have more than twice as many cortical neurons than cats.  These are the cells linked to thinking, planning and complex behavior.

The team of international scientists worked at universities and zoos around the globe and counted the number of cortical neurons in eight carnivorans, a large class of mammals that have teeth and claws.  The team found that dogs have about 530 million cortical neurons while cats have just about half of that number.

The research did account for physical brain size by assessing the number of neurons against the size of the brain.  Still, it turns out dogs just have more sheer brainpower even compared to carnivorans with larger brain sizes.

This suggests that while brain size was taken into account for the study, brain size may not have a direct correlation to “intelligence” as defined by the study.

 

SOURCE: NBC News

 

 

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