Further Proof that Size Doesn't Matter

Outside magazine, June 1996


Further Proof that Size Doesn't Matter


After hearing the recent shocking news that the African elephant-nose fish possesses a "bigger" brain than we human beings-as determined by the percentage of the body's total oxygen intake that is consumed by the gray matter-we decided to check in with Swedish biologist Goran Nilsson, discoverer of the tiny critter's extraordinary mental capacity, to see if we had any more surprises in store.

SpeciesBrain's oxygen use (percent of body's total)African elephant-nose fish60Human20Chimpanzee14Orangutan14Porpoise13

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