Woodpeckers show signs of brain damage


The little birds have survived for 25 million years by banging their head against a tree hunting for food.

Source: EuroNews

The forces on their brain are huge and have baffled scientists while inspiring crash helmet design.

Source: EuroNews

Woodpeckers do this untold thousands of times during their lives, and these birds have thrived on Earth for some 25 million years.

Source: Reuters

Researchers from Boston University have studied the brains of Downy Woodpeckers and found they have elevated levels of a protein that is associated with brain damage in humans.

Source: Daily Mail

But new research suggests there might be traumatic effects after all

Source: EuroNews

For a person, slamming your head full force into a tree trunk could be enough to knock you silly.

Source: Reuters

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