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Increased Learning Linked to Bigger Brains in Animals

Thursday, August 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
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As Humans Alter Their Habit, Animals Get Smarter

 A New York Times story by Carl Zimmer reports that humans may be driving evolutionary change in ways we didn't know. A study by University of Minnesota biologist Emilie C. Snell-Rood and colleagues found that when mice, voles, shrews and bats move from rural areas to cities and towns, the brains of these species get bigger. Animals colonizing in towns and cities have to learn to find food in buildings and other places their ancestors never encountered, and they may have to travel farther for food and deal with more complex navigation to get back home. Read the story here.

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