July 31, 2013

NYIT Professor's Study in Nature: Dinosaur Brains Wired for Flight

Many dinosaurs had large “flight-ready” brains long before some of them soared the skies as ancestors of modern birds, according to new research published today in Nature by a New York Institute of Technology scientist and three other researchers.

Assistant Professor Gaberiel Bever, Ph.D., of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was part of a team that completed one of the first comprehensive studies detailing the relatively large size of birds’ brains and how they evolved.

The “bird brain” cliché is actually a misnomer; bird brains, like those of mammals, are relatively large compared to body size, Bever said, adding that the study’s conclusions also refute the common notion that the large forebrain of birds evolved as part its flight system.