A new study finds that Dodos aren't as dumb as we thought.
The extinct Dodo bird developed a reputation for being the dumbest animal on the planet — but a new study finds that wasn’t the case.
The Dodo wasn’t exactly Albert Einstein, but it did have a brain the size of a pigeon’s an an excellent sense of smell, according to a Daily Mail report.
It’s been more than 350 years since the bird was last seen alive. The large, flightless bird was driven to extinction by hungry sailors, and invasive species the sailors brought with them.
Pigeons are actually the closest living relatives to the Dodo, and their brain sizes are fairly similar. Pigeons have shown a great deal of intelligence, as they can be trained by humans to perform tasks such as delivering messages.
The Dodo also had an enlarged olfactory bulb in the brain, an unusual trait for birds which typically focus their brain power on eyesight.
The Dodo lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The island was discovered in the late 1500s, and the Dodos were herded onto boats as fresh meat for sailors. It took less than 100 years after humans arrived for the bird to disappear entirely. The last one was killed in 1681.
The findings were published in the Zoological Journal of the Linean Society.