The Stegosaurus has a small brain it its head and another in its tail

The Stegosaurus has a small brain it its head and another in its tail

At one point it was thought that because the Stegosaurus had such a small brain in its head, it had a second brain in it’s tail in order to control its stomach, legs and tail

Many people have wondered about the intelligence of dinosaurs, especially the large and carnivorous ones. Were they smart and if so, just how smart? It appears that most large dinosaurs would probably have been sitting at the back of the class wearing the classic dunce cap, which may make them look a bit less ferocious. Smaller dinosaurs, especially the raptor group, tended to have the largest brains, suggesting greater intelligence. Larger dinosaurs on the other hand, were, to put it nicely, a bit dim, though their brains certainly functioned well enough for years of survival.In the early 20th century, while studying the anatomy of the stegosaurus, some scientists advanced the theory that at least some dinosaurs had brains in their tails. From stegosaurus, this theory was applied to other large dinosaurs, like the nonexistent brontosaurus (really apatosaurs or brachiosaurs). Scientists found evidence that stegosaurus had a cavity near the base of the tail that could have held a brain even larger than the one in a stegosaurus’ head.Just as the name brontosaurus has stuck, the idea that some dinosaurs have brains in their tails has remained a persistent belief, especially by those who don’t keep current on dino research. The fact is, dinosaurs did not have brains in their tails. What was previously thought a second brain center, likely represented an accumulation of fat cells, and a large number of nerve cells that could help control lower body and tail movement. In a sense you could almost say dinosaurs had brains in their tails because of the high number of nerve cells. In reality, though, these don’t function as a second brain.

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