Micro Life Zone
Asked by jcubo03 to Emma, Josie, Kristyn, Peter, Sarah on 28 Aug 2013.
Keywords: animal, intelligent
Maybe, all living things are evolving constantly-evolution is a process whereby certain characteristics can increase survival and the likelihood that a particular thing will have offspring. So this means that if increased intelligence meant that an animal could have a better chance of survival, then it is more likely to have more children and more animals will be smarter.
But having a more intelligent brain means that it needs more oxygen to work, which will not be used for other parts, like muscle cells for example. This is called a trade-off, you can’t have your cake and eat it too!
yes Darwin’s Theory of evolution says that we are all still evolving. I think not only are we getting cleverer but most particularly we are getting better at solving problems..
Yes! Though it probably won’t be for a long time…evolution takes a while!
I think so, although that would probably mean that their babies would have to remain baby-like for longer (instead of just dropping out ready to run, like giraffes).
The problem with getting smarter is taht it often means getting a bigger brain, or a more complex brain. A bigger brain means a bigger head, which means problems with giving birth in mammals. A more complex brain also means more energy use, and that can limit survival.
So, there are quite a few hurdles to go before squirrels can compose orchestra pieces.
If increased intelligence is associated with increased survival and procreation, then you would expect so, although there’s many different ways to define intelligence, especially in animals.
And I’m not sure we’re becoming smarter… 🙂
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