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Birds and primates share brain cell types linked to intelligence

19:00 EST 14 Feb 2018 | AAAS

(University of Chicago Medical Center) In a new study scientists from UChicago show that some neurons in bird brains form the same kind of circuitry and have the same molecular signature as cells that enable connectivity between different areas of the mammalian neocortex. The researchers found that alligators share these cell types as well, suggesting that while mammal, bird and reptile brains have very different anatomical structures, they operate using the same shared set of brain cell types.

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