Pile of Destruction

Betsy says:

An interesting side-note is that bigioolsts have been engaged in a prolonged battle (of sorts) in trying to determine just how intelligent some species really are. This is of importance because multiple bird species have demonstrated the remarkable higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills typically reserved for great-apes and other human-like sapient mammals.Relevance? Birds are almost certainly the descendants of what we call dinosaurs. Despite its diminutive size, their brain-structure belies an incredibly effective machine that we're still struggling to understand just how it can be as powerful as our observations tell us it has to be. If bird-brains can tell us that size *doesn't* matter anywhere near as much as we thought it does, then the possibility of sentient, self-aware, dinosaurs is actually quite real considering that trait is manifested in *many* present day bird species.Could there have been dinosaur-equivalent to our modern-day great-apes back in the Jurassic or Triassic era? Biology, genetics, and evolution points to yes in this case.

Feb. 10, 2016, 4:27 p.m.