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Sperm whale Tim Cole NMFS crop.jpg

The image is of a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus.

"Sperm whales have the largest brain of any animal (on average 17 pounds (7.8 kg) in mature males)".[1]

These sentient whales have the largest brains that have ever existed on Earth.

"Absolute size is the most general of all brain properties [...], and ranges in mammals from brains of small bats and insectivores (weighing less than 0.1 g) to those of large cetaceans (up to 9000 g)."[2]

Credit: Tim Cole, NMFS (NOAA).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. WF Perrin, B Wursig, and JGM Thewissen (13 November 2013). Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus). NOAA. Retrieved 2014-09-23.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. Gerhard Roth and Ursula Dicke (May 2005). "Evolution of the brain and intelligence". Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9 (5): 250-7. http://www.subjectpool.com/ed_teach/y3project/Roth2005_TICS_brain_size_and_intelligence.pdf. Retrieved 2014-09-23.