T-Rex's Brain Was Ready to Fly
CT scans reveal that non-avian dinosaurs had what look like 'bird brains'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
A replica of a full-length skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex at the National Science Museum in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

(Newser) – Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's … T-Rex? Not actually, but you'll be forgiven if that's the image left by a new study that found some nonavian dinosaurs—including the lizard king himself—may have had "bird brains" wired for flight. Birds have big brain cavities, especially in the forebrain region, which is what gives them the vision necessary to fly, LiveScience explains. Now, scientists have found similar brain cavities in dinosaurs that never actually flew.

"For a long time, bird brains were considered really different than those in other so-called reptiles," says a study co-author. But in cases like this one, bird attributes "can be seen cascading down the tree of life." The finding also takes some of the shine off of Archaeopteryx; until now, it had been held up as a unique transitional species between dinosaurs and birds. Now, it appears it has lots of transitional company.

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Aug 3, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
The old saying , "It's a good thing pigs can't fly " , got thrown right out of the window ! .
Aug 1, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
Our Democrat government has bird brains, are they preparing to fly around and peck at us?
Aug 1, 2013 3:47 PM CDT
Science is such a useless waste of time. We need to spend 100% of resources on making all European politicians black, and all African politicians white. If you disagree with me you are committing hate speech and will be reported to your authorities.