- Evolutionary divergence in brain size between migratory and resident birdsDaniel Sol
Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
PLoS ONE 5:e9617. 2010..Overall, our results highlight the importance of retrospective analyses in identifying selective pressures that have shaped brain evolution, and indicate that when it comes to the brain, larger is not always better...
- Comparing cognition across speciesSimon M Reader
Trends Cogn Sci 9:411; author reply 412. 2005
- Brain size and the diversification of body size in birdsDaniel Sol
Center for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Catalonia E 08193, Spain
Am Nat 172:170-7. 2008..The association is independent of the number of species in the family, geographic range, and correlates of speciosity, providing the first general support for the importance of behavioral drive in evolution...
- Big-brained birds survive better in natureDaniel Sol
CREAF Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
Proc Biol Sci 274:763-9. 2007....
- Exploring or avoiding novel food resources? The novelty conflict in an invasive birdDaniel Sol
Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications CREAF Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
PLoS ONE 6:e19535. 2011..Thus, mynas seem to modulate their problem-solving ability according to the benefits and costs of innovating in their particular habitat, which may help us understand the great success of the species in highly urbanized environments...
- The paradox of invasion in birds: competitive superiority or ecological opportunism?Daniel Sol
Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications CREAF, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
Oecologia 169:553-64. 2012..Successful invaders also shared these features, suggesting that their success is not a paradox but can be explained by their capacity to exploit ecological opportunities that most native species rarely use...
- Brain size predicts the success of mammal species introduced into novel environmentsDaniel Sol
Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries, Autonomous University of Barcelona, E 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
Am Nat 172:S63-71. 2008..Our results replicate similar findings in birds, increasing the generality of evidence for the idea that enlarged brains can provide a survival advantage in novel environments...
- Behavioral drive or behavioral inhibition in evolution: subspecific diversification in Holarctic passerinesDaniel Sol
Department of Biology, McGill University, 1205 Avenue Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1, Canada
Evolution 59:2669-77. 2005..Thus, the results support the long-held, intuitive hypothesis that behavioral changes facilitate evolutionary diversification...
- Brain size, innovative propensity and migratory behaviour in temperate Palaearctic birdsDaniel Sol
Department of Biology, McGill University, 1205, Avenue Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B1 Canada
Proc Biol Sci 272:1433-41. 2005..Therefore, species with greater foraging flexibility seem to be able to cope with seasonal environments better, while less flexible species are forced to become migratory...
- Big brains, enhanced cognition, and response of birds to novel environmentsDaniel Sol
Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102:5460-5. 2005..These findings provide strong evidence for the hypothesis that enlarged brains function, and hence may have evolved, to deal with changes in the environment...
- Brains, lifestyles and cognition: are there general trends?Louis Lefebvre
Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Brain Behav Evol 72:135-44. 2008..From apes to birds, fish and beetles, a few common principles appear to have influenced the evolution of brains and cognition in widely divergent taxa...
- Revisiting the cognitive buffer hypothesis for the evolution of large brainsDaniel Sol
CSIC CEAB CREAF Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
Biol Lett 5:130-3. 2009....
- Integrating animal temperament within ecology and evolutionDenis Reale
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Ecology and Groupe de Recherche en Ecologie Comportementale et Animale, Departement des Sciences Biologiques, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Succursale Centre Ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 82:291-318. 2007....
- Brains, innovations and evolution in birds and primatesLouis Lefebvre
Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Quec, Canada
Brain Behav Evol 63:233-46. 2004..Innovation rate provides a useful tool to quantify inter-taxon differences in cognition and to test classic hypotheses regarding the evolution of the brain...
- Do smart birds stress less? An interspecific relationship between brain size and corticosterone levelsAdám Z Lendvai
Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, 4102 Derring Hall, Blacksburg, VA, USA, Department of Biology, College of Nyíregyháza, Sóstói út 31 b, Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Department of Limnology, University of Pannonia, Pf 158, 8201 Veszprém, Hungary, Centre d Etudes Biologiques de Chize, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villiers en Bois, 79360 Beauvoir sur Niort, France, CREAF, Sciences Building, Cerdanyola del Valles 08193, Spain, CSIC, Cerdanyola del Valles 08193, Spain
Proc Biol Sci 280:20131734. 2013..Because a large brain is a major feature of birds that base their lifetime in learning new things, our results support the hypothesis that enhanced cognition represents a general alternative to the neuroendocrine stress response. ..
- Behavioural changes and the adaptive diversification of pigeons and dovesOriol Lapiedra
CREAF, Cerdanyola del Valles, Barcelona, 08193, Catalonia, Spain
Proc Biol Sci 280:20122893. 2013....
- Large brains and lengthened life history periods in OdontocetesLouis Lefebvre
Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Brain Behav Evol 68:218-28. 2006....
- Global patterns of introduction effort and establishment success in birdsPhillip Cassey
Laboratoire d Ecologie, Ecole Normale Superieure, 75230 Paris, France
Proc Biol Sci 271:S405-8. 2004..Apart from effort, only habitat generalism relates to establishment success in birds...
- Introduction: genetics of colonizing speciesTrevor D Price
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA
Am Nat 172:S1-3. 2008
- Double gametocyte infections in apicomplexan parasites of birds and reptilesRoger Jovani
Department of Applied Biology, Estacion Biologica de Donana CSIC, Avda Maria Luisa s n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
Parasitol Res 94:155-7. 2004..Thus, we suggest that DGIs and male female DGIs are more widespread than previously thought, opening a new research avenue on apicomplexan transmission...