Smart animals; pigeons recognize words (Animals)

by BBella @, Friday, September 23, 2016, 19:02 (545 days ago) @ David Turell

Like the clever corvids, pigeons have some brain power identifying words on computer screens:

"But what these birds did manage to learn is remarkable, and it might even explain why humans have an entire brain region devoted to recognizing written words, despite the fact that writing was only invented around 5,400 years ago. As Scarf and his colleagues note, that's far too short a period for a new specialized brain area to have evolved from scratch, but more than enough time for an old neural mechanism to get repurposed. (my bold)

Shines new light on the term "bird brain".

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