Hippos and Hobbits

On the subject of completely irrelevant hippo trivia, here is an article I found on how hippos are helping scientists study brain sizes of island-dwelling creatures. Huh? you say. Just read on.

“Ancient Madagascan hippos have shed light on the origins of the small brain of the 1-metre-tall human, known as the ‘hobbit’.

By examining the skulls of extinct Madagascan hippos, scientists at the Natural History Museum discovered that dwarfed mammals on islands evolved much smaller brains in relation to their body size.” Read the entire article