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RE: smartest therapods?
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Rodlox R
> Which of the therapods were the smartest (brainiest in the brain/body
> ratio) during the Cretaceous? the Jurassic?
> Some folks I've read say the Troodonts win that award, while others give
> it to the Tyrannosaur family.
Wished I could say "tyrannosaurid", but while they were mental giants compared
to carnosaurs, they were lacking in the ol'
neurological department compared to maniraptoriforms (ornithomimosaurs,
therizinosaurs, alvarezsaurids, oviraptorosaurs,
troodontids, dromaeosaurids, and birds). Of these latter, the first three have
relatively small heads to body size (less so in
alvarezsaurids than first thought), so their EQ (encephalization quotients)
would not be particular big. Troodon comes out pretty
well, but to be fair no oviraptorosaurs or dromaeosaurids were included in
those classic studies, and they might be comparable to
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