Bone Room Meditations X: soul searching 2:
July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Just in case anyone is preparing accuse me of mawkish anthropomorphism:
“In spite of the relative scarcity of information on many cetacean species, it is important to note in this context that sperm whales, killer whales, and certainly humpback whales, exhibit complex social patterns that included intricate communication skills, coalition-formation, cooperation, cultural transmission and tool usage,” concluded the researchers.
“It is thus likely that some of these abilities are related to comparable histologic complexity in brain organization in cetaceans and in hominids.”
“Cetacean and primate brains may be considered as evolutionary alternatives in neurobiological complexity and as such, it would be compelling to investigate how many convergent cognitive and behavioral features result from largely dissimilar neocortical organization between the two orders.”