Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Calling someone a "bird brain" isn't the insult we once thought it was. A new article at the New York Times states

Today, in the journal Nature Neuroscience Reviews, an international group of avian experts is issuing what amounts to a manifesto. Nearly everything written in anatomy textbooks about the brains of birds is wrong, they say. The avian brain is as complex, flexible and inventive as any mammalian brain, they argue, and it is time to adopt a more accurate nomenclature that reflects a new understanding of the anatomies of bird and mammal brains.
Maybe my next novel should be The Book of Smart Birds!

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