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Isn't it funny how dumb dinosaurs were compared to modern animals?

Lucy Krueger 2013/06/18 02:25:00
Remember how in Jurassic Park, raptors were smart enough to open doors and set traps?Well, actual raptors weren't even as smart as cats and dogs.Also, the tyrannosaurus wasn't real smart either.In fact, a new born kitten is more intelligent.
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  • Keith 2013/06/20 21:48:51
    Keith
    We don't know how smart or dumb they were.
  • ButterbeerMe 2013/06/19 05:44:21
    ButterbeerMe
    Jurassic Park was just a movie. Movies about science do tend to incorporate a Hollywood effect that skews or exaggerates what we actually know about science for a dramatic effect.
  • akPhilly 2013/06/18 22:07:09
    akPhilly
    +2
    They were around alot longer than us, so they couldn't have been that dumb.
  • Chris La 2013/06/18 20:22:14
    Chris La
    +2
    First, it was only a movie. Second, we don't really know how dumb or smart dinosaurs were, scientists are only making the guess that having a small brain means having a small intelligence. HOWEVER, look at how much intelligence we can cram into a computer microchip even though it is very small. The truth is, we just don't know.
  • Lucy Kr... Chris La 2013/06/18 20:50:05
    Lucy Krueger
    It's true that we can't know for sure, but we can make good guesses.
  • BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0 2013/06/18 17:35:02 (edited)
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +2
    Actually, Raptors, as portrayed in the movie didn't exist. Not only were Velociraptors non-existent in the area of the paleontological dig shown in the film, but the "Velociraptor" was only about the size of a turkey, and covered in feathers. That's hardly fodder for a suspense film though, is it?

    The Velociraptors in the film more closely resemble the Fukuiraptor in both size and body, but they were found only on the island of Japan...not in the American West.



    However, this raptor is missing the signature retractable claw found in the villainous raptors portrayed in the film.

    Also, we can make educated guesses about the intelligence of animals (or lack thereof) by comparing the size of the cranial cavity vs. body mass, but these guesses are highly contentious, and of course we have no way of confirming that the data is accurate.

    Indeed, a Le Bon, French anthropologist, wrote the following passage about the brains of women in 1879:

    "In the most intelligent races, as among the Parisians, there are a large number of women whose brains are closer in size to those of gorillas than to the most developed male brains. This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion. All psychologists who have studied the intelligence...

    Actually, Raptors, as portrayed in the movie didn't exist. Not only were Velociraptors non-existent in the area of the paleontological dig shown in the film, but the "Velociraptor" was only about the size of a turkey, and covered in feathers. That's hardly fodder for a suspense film though, is it?

    The Velociraptors in the film more closely resemble the Fukuiraptor in both size and body, but they were found only on the island of Japan...not in the American West.

    Fukuiraptor

    However, this raptor is missing the signature retractable claw found in the villainous raptors portrayed in the film.

    Also, we can make educated guesses about the intelligence of animals (or lack thereof) by comparing the size of the cranial cavity vs. body mass, but these guesses are highly contentious, and of course we have no way of confirming that the data is accurate.

    Indeed, a Le Bon, French anthropologist, wrote the following passage about the brains of women in 1879:

    "In the most intelligent races, as among the Parisians, there are a large number of women whose brains are closer in size to those of gorillas than to the most developed male brains. This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion. All psychologists who have studied the intelligence of women, as well as poets and novelists, recognize today that they represent the most inferior forms of human evolution and that they are closer to children and savages than to an adult, civilized man. They excel in fickleness, inconstancy, absence of thought and logic, and incapacity to reason. Without doubt there exist some distinguished women, very superior to the average man, but they are as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as, for example, of a gorilla with two heads; consequently, we may neglect them entirely."

    Of course, today we know that this opinion about women is absurd. Studies that discount intelligence, or "prove" greater intelligence must not be taken at face-value...we must remain open to the idea that there are other possibilities, even when discussing the intelligence of dinosaurs.
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  • P. Sturm 2013/06/18 06:26:11
    P. Sturm
    +1
    From what I understand they had the brain mass of a jackrabbit and two thirds of it was used to run the body systems.
  • Ben Faust 2013/06/18 03:50:23
    Ben Faust
    +1
    And the intelligence of long-extinct animals has been determined how?
  • reaper 2013/06/18 03:31:31
    reaper
    +1
    but, but, the suspense...
  • Lolita666 2013/06/18 02:38:26
    Lolita666
    +2
    Isn't it funny how dumb we are to believe that when we were never able to observe their intelligence and there is no actual proof?
  • monkeyking908 2013/06/18 02:34:15
    monkeyking908
    +1
    none of this can be proven true or false all we can do is speculate on their intelligence because we have never been able to study them
  • Chasing Rainbows! 2013/06/18 02:26:26
    Chasing Rainbows!
    very funny

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