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RE: smartest therOpods?
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Amtoine Grant
> > 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 the
> > troodontids.
> Didn't the study that was recently posted to the list dictate that the
> most intelligent extant birds[by supposed IQ] didn't necessarily have
> the largest brain-to-body ratio?
Let's remember: for fossil taxa, EQ is *ALL* we are ever going to have in order
to estimate intelligence. We cannot do the sort of
behavioral experiments that were done by the workers on modern birds.
That being said, I don't recall in the press releases about Lefebvre's work
whether they ever scaled the "Avian IQ" measures against
EQ of the birds.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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