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Our rabbits have morphed! Enjoy.
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Recent studies reveal that domestication appears to have altered the brain architecture of rabbits
MRI scans of 8
pet and 8 wild rabbits raised in similar environments showed that the
brains of the pets had a smaller amygdala, or fear-sensing area of the
brain, and a larger medial prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that
controls the fear response
The scans also
revealed a generalized reduction in white matter structure in the pet
rabbits, suggesting they have compromised information processing
abilities that explains their slower reaction times and placid
temperament as compared to their wild counterparts