Reptile intelligence can help conservation and safeguard ecosystems (commentary)

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By Deyatima Ghosh “Deep inside the skull of every one of us there is something like a brain of a crocodile” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos. In science, reptiles have been considered to be of lower intelligence compared to birds and mammals. Dimwitted, even. But over the last decade, significant research has been out in reptile cognition, and the results have been truly exhilarating. Mammals and birds are generally considered the intelligent class of animals. However, the basic brain structure in both these classes is similar to that of the reptilian brain, which diversified 280 million years ago. Reptil…

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