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(Newser)   City dwellers have evolved bigger brains than their rural counterparts, a new study suggests--at least among white-footed mice and meadow voles   (newser.com) divider line 31
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2013-08-23 07:40:42 PM  
Probably due to competition and a more varied diet.
 
2013-08-23 08:07:41 PM  
They should do a study of the deer population around here. The alive to dead ratio has been steadily increasing for years. In our neighborhood they come out in the middle of the day wondering around and seeming not at all afraid of people or cars.
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Yes that is a buck in the middle of the road.
 
2013-08-23 08:16:59 PM  
I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.
 
2013-08-23 08:32:30 PM  

MarkEC: They should do a study of the deer population around here. The alive to dead ratio has been steadily increasing for years.


One of those adorable zombie deer infestations?
 
2013-08-23 08:39:54 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.


That was a hipster.
 
2013-08-23 08:47:50 PM  
If they're living in the city they aren't really meadow voles, now are they?
 
2013-08-23 08:55:23 PM  
Funny, that's also true of humans
 
2013-08-23 08:59:58 PM  

MrEricSir: MarkEC: They should do a study of the deer population around here. The alive to dead ratio has been steadily increasing for years.

One of those adorable zombie deer infestations?


Lol no. I mean you see a lot more live deer now, and fewer road-kills. They are getting smarter. I've seen then stand at the berm of a busy road and patiently wait for traffic to clear before crossing, after looking both ways of coarse.
 
2013-08-23 09:03:10 PM  

Precision Boobery: If they're living in the city they aren't really meadow voles, now are they?


Since they're developing differently it is another branch. I vote we call them dumpster voles.
 
2013-08-23 09:14:30 PM  
When the zombie apocalypse occurs the city dwellers will be food.
 
2013-08-23 09:23:59 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.


The ones in Seattle appear to be nihilists for the most part.
 
2013-08-23 09:29:14 PM  

MFAWG: Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.

The ones in Seattle appear to be nihilists for the most part.


The ones in Milwaukee are just freeloading bums.  I have one living above my porch and the bastard won't even talk to me, let alone pay rent.

/rental property, so not truly my problem
//yes, I should notify the landlord, but given their past record they'd screw it up and trap the raccoon inside.  Then my place would soon smell rotten.
 
2013-08-23 09:32:22 PM  

MarkEC: They should do a study of the deer population around here. The alive to dead ratio has been steadily increasing for years. In our neighborhood they come out in the middle of the day wondering around and seeming not at all afraid of people or cars.
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Yes that is a buck in the middle of the road.


It's largely to do with the fact that fewer and fewer people are hunting and that native predators haven't moved back into suburban areas (they don't like people).

Hell, I live in a major city and I've seen deer within the city limits. Of course we have a huge urban park with a deer pop which has never been culled.
 
2013-08-23 09:34:47 PM  
tx.english-ch.com
 
2013-08-23 09:35:24 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.


Meh.  If they're Existentialists, they're not that smart to begin with.  Catch one reading Shelby Foote or David McCullough and you can probably have an interesting conversation.
 
2013-08-23 09:57:28 PM  

Fabric_Man: Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.

That was a hipster.


With the neckbeard thing it becomes hard to tell the difference.
 
2013-08-23 10:27:43 PM  

MarkEC: Yes that is a buck in the middle of the road.


That buck should be relegated to past tense.

Considering all the dumb shiat I see lifelong city people say and do, and considering the rather obvious and intelligent decision-making I've generally seen from rural people, I'm inclined to believe that this is an anomaly which only applies to rats.
 
2013-08-23 10:45:39 PM  

utahraptor2: That buck should be relegated to past tense.


Wouldn't have been worth the damage to my car.
Is there a natural fed vs. junk food fed venison controversy?
 
2013-08-23 10:58:24 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: MarkEC: They should do a study of the deer population around here. The alive to dead ratio has been steadily increasing for years. In our neighborhood they come out in the middle of the day wondering around and seeming not at all afraid of people or cars.
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Yes that is a buck in the middle of the road.

It's largely to do with the fact that fewer and fewer people are hunting and that native predators haven't moved back into suburban areas (they don't like people).

Hell, I live in a major city and I've seen deer within the city limits. Of course we have a huge urban park with a deer pop which has never been culled.


hell I've seen deer running along the main thoroughfare near me
 
2013-08-23 11:00:20 PM  
City mice have bigger brains because they have to remember much more complex paths than country mice.  I thought they'd established years ago.
 
2013-08-23 11:13:22 PM  

MarkEC: Wouldn't have been worth the damage to my car.


You could always keep a bow in the trunk.
 
2013-08-23 11:32:13 PM  

Fabric_Man: Harry_Seldon: I have been saying in various message boards that a super intelligent species of raccoon has evolved in Portland, and no one believes me. I saw one reading Satre the other day.

That was a hipster.


LOL
 
2013-08-24 12:09:52 AM  
Doesn't matter - kill them all.

/terrified of mice and voles
 
2013-08-24 12:15:51 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: [tx.english-ch.com image 402x285]


First thing I thought of.  Surprised it took so long to show up.
 
2013-08-24 12:24:50 AM  

utahraptor2: MarkEC: Yes that is a buck in the middle of the road.

That buck should be relegated to past tense.

Considering all the dumb shiat I see lifelong city people say and do, and considering the rather obvious and intelligent decision-making I've generally seen from rural people, I'm inclined to believe that this is an anomaly which only applies to rats.


faqsmedia.ign.com
 
2013-08-24 12:34:01 AM  

Lord Jubjub: Dead for Tax Reasons: [tx.english-ch.com image 402x285]

First thing I thought of.  Surprised it took so long to show up.


yeah me too, i thought i was missing something
 
2013-08-24 12:54:43 AM  
I have it on good authority that this extrapolates to primates as well.
 
2013-08-24 08:14:46 AM  
It's not the size of the brain, it's the number of wrinkles on it. Me and Arthur our brains are a little on the smooth side.
 
2013-08-24 09:28:39 AM  

Lord Schtupp: Funny, that's also true of humans


I'll bite.

You are wrong.  To wit;  Detroit, DC, Baltimore, Florida in general, St Louis, Oakland, Compton, LA, Hartford, Bristol, Boston, NYC, Buffalo, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston..

And that's just America.  Competition for resources sends humans in the opposite direction.
 
2013-08-24 10:16:47 AM  

Go Fornicate Without a Partner: Lord Schtupp: Funny, that's also true of humans

I'll bite.

You are wrong.  To wit;  Detroit, DC, Baltimore, Florida in general, St Louis, Oakland, Compton, LA, Hartford, Bristol, Boston, NYC, Buffalo, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston..

And that's just America.  Competition for resources sends humans in the opposite direction.


Go Fornicate Without a Partner: Lord Schtupp: Funny, that's also true of humans

I'll bite.

You are wrong.  To wit;  Detroit, DC, Baltimore, Florida in general, St Louis, Oakland, Compton, LA, Hartford, Bristol, Boston, NYC, Buffalo, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston..

And that's just America.  Competition for resources sends humans in the opposite direction.


I'm sorry, why am I getting lumped in with the likes of Detroit and Florida?
 
2013-08-24 02:36:50 PM  
City dwellers have evolved bigger brains than their rural counterparts, a new study suggests--at least among white-footed mice and meadow voles

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