Humans are at the top of the food chain.
We are the gods, if you will, of all living things.
So why is it that our brains fill only our skulls, while a spider’s brain fills 80% of its entire body?
According to Science Daily, even the tiniest spiders have “deformed, bulging bodies” containing excess brain. The smaller the spider, the proportionally larger the brain, filling up more and more of their body cavities.
Says William Wcislo, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, “The smaller the animal, the more it has to invest in its brain, which means even very tiny spiders are able to weave a web and perform other fairly complex behaviors. We discovered that the central nervous systems of the smallest spiders fill up almost 80 percent of their total body cavity, including 25 percent of their legs.”
Brainy spiders may be crawling to the top of a food chain near you.
Photographing a spider’s web anytime soon?
Be sure to have cornstarch on hand to create an exciting depth of field.
How intelligent will you feel next to a spider, now?