Are You Smarter Than a T. Rex? Maybe Not!

Most Hollywood movies depicting a Tyrannosaurus rex, especially the Jurassic Park series, do the Tyrant Lizard King no favors when it comes to depicting their intellectual abilities. Running, stomping, eating and scaring seem to be their only skills and, despite having the largest brains among the cast members, they never seem to be able to think their way out of problem situations. A new study may force a rewrite of the next script – researchers extrapolating bird brains, the T. rex’s closest modern relative, found that the giant lizards had more than enough brain neurons to think at a level where they would have been able to solve problems, create and use tools, even engage in cultural and social behaviors similar to modern birds … some of whom are pretty smart and social themselves.

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