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Re: The Brain

I saw nothing which attacked you personally.  If you could give us an idea
of your background, we could write trying to match your knowledge of
anatomy and physiology.

Today's animals use all the full brain -- looking from the lifecycle time
frame.  And as pointed out, within the limits of keeping a very energy
expensive organ running, some redundancy exists.

I know the number for humans, but not for birds or dinosaurs.  Physiologist
can look at the circulatory system and measure arterial blood supply
vessels.  Using the ratio of internal diameter, they can gauge which organs
are getting what % of the blood supply and, by consequence, more oxygen.
Human brains get more blood than their mass would suggest.

You would do well to ask one question and get clear answers.

Take care,
Martin Badke
Edmonton, Alberta

Rod wrote (quoting himself):
>Correct me if I'm wrong but this is a dinosaur list, as in "dinosaur"@usc.edu.
>I didn't say this is the way it is, "notion" according to Websters's is - a
>mental conception; idea; option; slight feeling or inclination, not a
>definite statement. I was just using this as a setup for my question, I
>don't clam to have documentation. I was referring to higher thought
>process, why would I refer to dinosaurs as intellects, and humans in the
>lowest thought output?  The first 3 words are "I grew up with".
>>I grew up with the notion that dinosaurs were supposed to be stupid, for
>>example >Diplodocus had a small head , and a small brain. Since humans
>>only use what 10 or 15 >% of our brains true potential, if Diplodocus used
>>100% of it's puny brain... well, >that would be about 50% more than us.
>>Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that >Dinosaurs were intellectuals
>>or inventers of the finger puzzle.
>I think perhaps the list has grown to comfortable lambasting people, so
>much so that the actual question was missed.
>So I will ask it again.
>But I'm curious, what % of the brain are today's animals using. If a
>dinosaurs skeleton is like a reptile, how will it's brain compare? How will
>a birds brain compare to a dinosaurs, are the general structures of a
>dinosaurs brain in fact similar in all taxa. For that matter how similar is
>the structure of a crocodile's brain, and lets say a gecko?
>I think this is a scientifically relevant question, pertinent to a
>*Dinosaur* list.