Birds: primate-level intelligencee without a layered cortex

Fascinating NYTimes article on how birds may be as intelligent as primates, and how the assumption that a layered cortex is the hallmark of higher intelligence may be wrong. Mentions the work of the Avian Brain Nomenclature Consortium (see avianbrain.org) to modernize avian anatomical nomenclature.

There’s some related 2004 publications on Jarvis’s web site on the new nomenclature.

And apparently this one is in press:

Jarvis, E.D., Güntürkün, O., Bruce, L., Csillag, A., Karten, H., Kuenzel, W., Medina, L., Paxinos, G., Perkel, D.J., Shimizu, T., Striedter, G., Wild, M., Ball, G.F., Dugas-Ford, J., Durand, S., Hough, G., Husband, S., Kubikova, L., Lee, D., Mello, C.V., Powers, A., Siang, C., Smulders, T.V., Wada, K., White, S.A., Yamamoto, K., Yu, J., Reiner, A. and Butler, A.B. (The Avian Brain Nomenclature Consortium). 2005. Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 6:(in press)

(I recommend taking a look at the NYTimes article, though, it’s very good)

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