Study proves that dogs are smarter than cats

You mutt be kidding Dogs are smarter than cats fact

They might chew your shoes, occasionally pee on the rug, or snarf down your entire dinner the minute you turn your head, but it turns out your family dog is measurably smarter than your cat. A 2010 study from Oxford University claimed that dogs' brains are continually evolving while cats' brains haven't changed since they were domesticated about 8,000 years ago.

It was the first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs.

The researchers of the study concluded that dogs have dogs have cerebral cortexes with twice as many neurons - the brain cells responsible for thought, planning and behavior - when compared to cats.

The study looked at eight species of carnivores, including cats, dogs, ferrets, mongooses, raccoons, hyenas, lions and brown bears.

Because dog brains possess more neurons, scientists say they probably are capable of doing more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.

The researchers picked carnivorans to study due to their diversity and large range of brain sizes as well as the fact that they include both domesticated and wild species.

Just because an animal is bigger and has a bigger brain size, that doesn't mean it has more neurons.

"We do know that there is variation across individuals, but that's really not an issue when we're comparing species that vary so markedly in brain size or numbers of neurons", she said.

They also noted that the bear's brain is 10 times larger than a cat's, yet has the same amount of neurons.

"I would bet money on a large dog over a cat any time", Herculano-Houzel said in a Vanderbilt-produced video.

Study leader Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel admitted she was a "dog person" but insisted that didn't impact her findings.

According to the neuroscientist, studying the brains of different species teaches an important lesson: "Diversity is enormous". Yes, there are recognizable patterns, but there are multiple ways that nature has found of putting brains together.

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