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If Elephants Have Bigger Brains, Why Are They Not Smarter than Us?

Elephant brains are larger than human brains but contain fewer neurons in the cerebral cortex

This is what Brazilian neuroscientist, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, aimed to find out. The African elephant brain is three times larger than ours, but did it have more neurons? Over a period of six months, she and her students sliced an elephant brain by hand, separated out the different brain structures, and processed them into 5 gram pieces. The pieces of brain were stained and the neurons counted by hand.

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