The battle between dog and cat owners just got kicked up a notch, with new research that suggests canines might be smarter than felines.
A study in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy says dogs have more neurons in the part of their brain that is a cognitive powerhouse.
The researchers were comparing the brain sizes of different carnivores, including lions, brown bears, raccoons, hyenas, mongooses and ferrets, and measuring the number of neurons in each of their brains. Dogs and cats were among the animals studied and the humans found that dogs have much more of these brain cells in their cerebral cortex than cats.
That large brain region, which is made up of gray matter and has many different parts, is connected to a lot of cognitive function, from memory and language to consciousness and other types of thought.
According to Vanderbilt University, dogs have 530 million neurons in the cerebral cortex — more than double the number cats have.
Humans have in the neighborhood of 16 billion.
Neurons, as pieces of the nervous system, are involved in sending signals and information throughout the body.
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SOURCE: International Business Times, Elana Glowatz