The debate between cat people and dog people has been raging for years — who is smarter, cats or dogs? Well, before we get into again, let us just tell you: Dogs are officially smarter than cats, according to scientists! Yes, real human scientists who are definitely not three dogs stacked on top of each other wearing a lab coat, the last being a pug with some slightly bent glasses he found by a dumpster.
The proof is in the science, which was published in the journal Science By Real Humans Who Definitely Did Not Type This With Paws, just kidding; the journal is actually called Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. The research was able to deduce that dogs are the true smarty-pants of the animal kingdom by counting the numbers of cortical neurons, the cells that are linked to thinking, planning and complex behavior, in different animals. Their findings stated that dogs have twice as many cortical neurons than cats. According to real human with no fur or claws, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a professor at Vanderbuilt University, the “number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience.”
Cats aren’t the only animals that dogs are smarter than. Dogs have more brain power than some animals with much larger brains, like lions and bears, whose brain energy is too consumed with the need to hunt and therefore it has not had time to evolve to the genius like level of our canine Einstein friends. One animal that does have the same sort of smarts that dogs have is the raccoon.
The science does check out, so much so that we will have to conclude that maybe this article is legit and not just pup-opaganda disseminated by a group of dogs posing as scientists. If dogs can be bomb sniffers and seeing-eye assistants, it’s not too far of a stretch to think they could do it. One thing we know for a sure, is that cats totally could not do things. Sorry, cats.
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